Hello again!

It’s been awhile since I last wrote about anything. It’s also the first time that I’m trying out this method of blogging-via-mobile. I’ve always loved the touchy-feel of keyboard-typing, but… I’m trying to embrace technology and not be so old-fashioned.

So… what has happened so far…. Baby Bear is already 6 1/2 and she is simply the brightest kid ever (bias aside) 😊 I now call her #BrightBear
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Baby Gummy Bear is turning 3 soon! Seriously, time please stop! I want my baby to be my baby forever. He is one sweet little boy 😊 He brings joy to everyone who sees him. I now fondly refer to him as #BrightGummy
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With these 2 kids, I still consider myself as a #StartUpMom 😊 Just when you think you know all there is you need to know about your kids and they throw you a curve ball and change things up a bit. I learn so much about being a mom to these two, I learn so much about these 2 wonderful little people and I am learning so much about myself.

#StartUpWife – Yup, still the same. As we go through the different stages and phases of life, we also go through so many challenges, trials, joys and tribulations. Always something new, always learning to love and not let the big things (or the little things) get in the way of US. #MrBright 💙 #MrsBright

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#StartUpBusiness – Thought I’d be advancing as time goes by but then because of the nature of our business wherein we bring in different brands, there’s always something on the horizon. We go through the different product life cycle stage for each of our brands. The challenge is always there – be it with a new brand we just bought in, or an old brand that needs updates or a fresh story. The business will always be a challenge but it is not that far from what I used to do in my corporate life before and is actually a life that I’ve missed anf it is work that I love doing. Cliche as it may sound, it’s never work if it’s doing something you love ❤️  https://www.instagram.com/brightbrands.ph/

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Last but not the least, #StartUpSelf 🌟 I don’t think I could ever be the best version of a wife, mom or mompreneur…
Not unless I have myself thoroughly figured out. Not unless I know how to fully embrace my strengths, know my limitations, handle my weaknesses and know when to say yes to the right opportunity and not just yes to all things that come my way, just because! I’m learning to choose my obligations so that I don’t stretch myself too thinly and can have time to do the things and be with the people that matter.

The Self is something that I’ve been focusing on a lot now since that’s also the most where I’ve been struggling with. As mentioned above, I do believe that the self has to be worked on first above anything else. Like all my projects, I break this down into compartments. In totality, I’ve reflected on my whole self and it boils down to these important tabs – Personal, Health, Relationships, Business and Philanthropy 😊 I got this idea to work on these 5 aspects from Shark Tank Leader and wise guru – https://daymondjohn.com/ I love what he said and I’ve tried to chart my life by these 5 points. I start the month by planning everything based on these and I feel a sense of relief. First off, it’s a good guide – the important things are prioritized and you know that anything that crops up that can’t be categorized is an automatic deviation to the plan. Quite brilliant, if I might say 😊 Hopefully, I can blog some more about this next time. Would love to have a chance to share this since it’s really helped streamline my life, allowed me to live life simply and stay focused. Eye on the prize! 🏅 Blogging again is part of improving my personal self and I really hope I can write more next time. Starting up again… c’est la vie! Wish me luck! ciao!

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Experience is the Best Teacher

Chanced upon this video uploaded by The Logical Indian. This video is timely for me now as I evaluate which big school I should send my daughter to. For her preschool, I also thought long and hard about the merits of traditional vs. progressive. Long story short, I tried Progressive and I liked it! This is a big thing considering I’m a trad girl by heart.

She goes to a Montessori school now and this video exemplifies what Maria Montessori espouses that children learn via imitation and example. Let them do it on their own, give them their own AHA moment so that they can discover for themselves what a joy it is to explore. Let us raise independent thinkers! This also hits home that we should always set good examples for our kids. How they live life will largely be based on how they see us live ours.

Here’s the insightful video. Have a great week ahead!

aKids’Life: Project Camille Shelves

OCMom alert! This OCMom just couldn’t stand the mess in her kids’ room anymore. With a toddler and a baby now sharing a common room in a condominium, there was suddenly no space for anything.

Project CAMILLE is a shelf that was built for a mom who wanted to copy the Montessori way of doing activities. When you visit the Montessori classrooms, all the activities are placed inside the shelves. You will not see anything on their work table or work areas. A child goes to a shelf and picks up the tray or bin of her chosen activity and brings it to his/her work area. I think this is a very ingenious concept. First, it teaches the kids early on how to make decisions. Second, it gives them the independence and free will to do what they want to do. At the same time, it teaches them to get their own stuff and return it in the proper place afterwards. Lastly, having a clean table gives you a sense of focus. You are not distracted by anything except for the activity that you have chosen. I sure could adopt that principle given the very messy office desk that I have. (mental note: clear out office desk) 🙂

Here are pictures of Project CAMILLE. Disclaimer: The shelves were still a bit messy as the toys on top of the shelf haven’t been segregated yet. If there were more space in the condominium, it would’ve been nice to add more shelves and to distribute the activities across the shelves to highlight the activities more. Currently, the activities are grouped into similarity due to the lack of space. Also, all shelves are adjustable to accommodate the height of the different bins.

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trying to keep things clutter-free

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Another project finished! aKids’Life should be easy and enjoyable, enriching and emotionally fulfilling. They live in times where everything is so fast. There are so many new toys these days that we didn’t have when we were growing up. There is so much new information that comes in heaps! Kids of today have so much more to learn vs. during our time when all our focus was just on playing and sleeping. The Camille shelves is an example of a small, insignificant detail that we might not see as very important. To us, they are just mere shelves but in the bigger picture they somehow facilitate a faster processing of learning and development helping kids of today to become more empowered and focused in this very cluttered-information-overload world that they live in.  And to us OCMoms, the shelves are just for our sanity! 😉

To view other aKids’Life project, check out the following links:

Project Penelope, Project Kayla, Project Matteo

Project Gracie

Project Belle

 

Color of the Year 2014

Happy 2014! This season’s hottest hue is RADIANT ORCHID! My mom is so thrilled with the color of the year because it’s her all-time favorite color. Finally she can whip out her purple ensembles and radiate cool confidence.

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I like this color also as it shrieks creativity to me. It’s such an enigmatic color. It truly brings out the fuchsia, purple and pink undertones that make it so captivating and vibrant. This color has a quiet subtlety but it catches the eye with its classy dazzle.

I’m so glad this is the new color of the year. It’s a good excuse to wear the purple pants the hubby gave me 2 Christmases ago. Hmm… does this mean the hubby has good fashion foresight? I should let him buy me more clothes LOL.

Happy New Year everyone! May we all have a radiant 2014! 🙂

Color of the Year 2013

12 Things Successful People Do Differently

I normally have our family picture as my laptop wallpaper. This poster I saw over the internet though was so important for me that this IS my current laptop wallpaper. The list here is quite simple but hard to do. This serves as a daily reminder for me when I lose sight of my goals. I hope this helps you, too! 🙂

12 things successful people do differently

12 things successful people do differently

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Color of the Year for 2013

As a marketing person, it is part of my job to know the color of the year. For the past 2 years, the colors were so vibrant.

2012 Color of the Year

2012 Color of the Year

2011 Color of the Year

2011 Color of the Year

This year, the color of the year is… (drumroll, please) 🙂

2013 Color of the Year

2013 Color of the Year

So excited as we will be coming out with new product extensions next year. There’s something about this color that shouts royalty and prestige, perfect for our premium line.

What about you? How do you feel about this color? What personal care products can you imagine this on? 🙂

Happy Holidays and Happy Christmas shopping this weekend! 🙂

aKids’Life – Armoire BELLE Collection

My latest project is an armoire. Just a little tidbit – do you know that an armoire was a large cabinet originally used for storing weapons? Holy Bazooka, right? 🙂 These days, it’s so chic to have an armoire – now defined as a large cabinet used for storing clothes, bags, shoes and other stuff girls have. The client wanted an armoire that would grow along with her 3-year-old daughter. This was a bit of a challenge because the project had several idea sources. I was up for the challenge and all for it – after all, aKids’Life is all about customization! 🙂

The armoire she wanted to copy looked like this:

Project Belle

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Chunky top design was changed to match an existing armoire that she already had which looked like this:

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top design of existing armoire

Curvy design for the bottom part and rounded legs:

defined waves and curves

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The cabinet door also had the same wavy design that we copied from this furniture below:

big cabinet doors with intricate waves

intricate waves

Voila! The final product —

BELLE

BELLE

An inside look:

take a peek inside :)

sneak a peek! 🙂

As I mentioned before on my blog post here, I name all my projects because I believe that every furniture has a story to tell. In this case, it was easy to think of the perfect project name. Doesn’t this cabinet look the same as the friend of Belle in Beauty and the Beast? See pic below of Madame Armoire — yes, she has a name! 🙂

madame armoire -- yes, that's her name :)

madame armoire 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this fascinating story about Project Belle. Til’ the next fun project! 🙂

You can view my other projects here, or here or visit my FB page here. Thanks! :)

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Since it’s the hiatus for most of the TV series that we have been following, we were able to watch some of the movies that we have downloaded before. 2 weekends ago, we watched this documentary  called Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I downloaded this because ever since I met Papa Bear, I have already known that I was marrying a Japan-crazed person. He has this deep-seated love for anything Japanese and believes that he was a samurai before during his previous life. We have been planning a trip to Japan but this has never materialized because of a lot of circumstances that happened to us — like getting pregnant, having a baby, Fukushima incident, etc. Since we couldn’t go to Japan, I decided to bring Japan to our place. What better way to do this than with his all-time fave food — sushi! 🙂

This documentary is about the life of Jiro. He owns Sukibayashi Jiro, a Sushi-only, 10-seat only, 3-star Michelin restaurant in Ginza subway. There is a 6 month waiting list for this place and 20 pieces of sushi costs 30,000 yen, around USD$400!!! Pricey. Not even my Japan-crazed hubby was willing to pay this much for the best sushi in the world.

At first, I thought this documentary was all about sushi. More than the art of making sushi as a way of life, it was also all about life. I was able to get a lot of insights and learned a lot of valuable lessons that only experience and people with wisdom could teach. It dabbles on family, culinary as a form of art, work and the complexities of a father-son/boss-employee relationship.

Oh, and did I mention that Jiro is already 85 years old??? Yes, he is 85 and still running his place. As the adage goes, you can do what you love for the rest of your life if it is truly what you love doing. He is touted as the best sushi chef in the world and his success can be attributed to his extreme discipline, focus and passion. This is quite evident in his work and everyday life and he demands nothing less from his sons and staff, too. The documentary will show that just to handle the simple task of cooking the egg or rice, the training he requires for that is 10 years! Other people would’ve probably quit after a maximum of 2-3 years or maybe just from the plain boredom of doing the same thing over and over. This will show you that this man can be quite intense and gives a whole new meaning to the word FOCUS!

If I had one entrepreneurial lesson learned from watching this documentary it would be the art of mastery and dedication. This is something that I would also like to teach my kids – to give their best in whatever they do, and by best I mean 100% concentration, focus, energy and love into their passions. I wouldn’t want them to settle for anything less, and yes, I will let them watch this documentary in the future. May they learn to be as focused and hardworking as Jiro, yet never forget their humble beginnings.

Here’s the official trailer for this documentary. I hope you become as inspired as I was with this story.