Saturday, April 15, 2017

Vondraye's Tuna Spread Recipe

Last Friday (Good Friday of the Holy Week) I brought tuna spread since we were advised that the office pantry will be closed. I don't want to gamble and work without feeding my dragons. I don't have enough time to prepare so I just mixed the ingredients in a whip.
I don't know if they really like it or they're just saying it... Nyahaha!!




Here goes the recipe:
I will be using my original recipe since this  one I did last (Good) Friday wasn't my original.

*1 big bottle of Sandwich Spread (I used the big bottle of Tuna Sandwich Spread costs around 190php as of April 2017)
 3 big cans of Tuna and 1 big can of spicy tuna (or if you want it to be more spicy, you can change the 1 can of spicy to 2)
1 small can of mushroom, sliced
1 small pack of pineapple tidbits (you have the option of buying the crushed, but I'd rather crush/finely chop them myself)
2 bulbs onion (I use 1 red and 1 white), finely chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 hardboiled eggs diced
Cheese, diced (it depends on you, if you're a cheese lover like me, use one bar of cheese by all means)
Carrots, finely chopped 


Drain Tuna and mash them up until they're coarse. 
Mix in mushroom and onions. 
Mix in salt and pepper. 
Then mix with the diced hard boiled eggs, cheese carrots, chopped pineapple and mayonaise.

Yes, my version is protein on protein on protein... 

Enjoy!



Sunday, April 2, 2017

10 Websites To Boost Your Career




"The best things in life are free, the second best are very expensive."-Coco Chanel




So I say, why pay for mastery classes if you can get it for free? That’s why I’m sharing with you 10 websites where you can get free online courses to boost your career growth. Here are some websites to quench that thirst for learning, because if there’s something that we want to feed nonstop; it’s our brains.

These 10 websites may look just a number but these websites offer a door to thousands of windows to thousands and millions of courses that can open your mind and boost your career growth!


1. Hubspot Academy  

Wanna boost your career with inbound marketing and sales? This is the place. Hubspot academy will help your career in marketing and sales boost to the top as they are the worldwide leader on this matter.

They already gave out more than 50,000 certifications to their learners and you can add up to that number as they offer free online courses that specialize in marketing and sales. We have team members who already are Hubspot certified and have excelled and enhanced their marketing know-hows.

Whether you have a sales or marketing background, Hubspot will definitely help you with it!

2. Coursera

The website highlights the specializations and subjects available, highlighting Top Specializations, Popular Courses and Top Rated Courses, however, you still have the search box if you need specific course details whether it will be business, marketing or IT, they have courses available for you. This is no joke as they have 150 partners over 29 countries offering 2065 courses; that’s a lot of food for the brain!

On the go? Coursera is available on the App Store for Apple users and Google Play for Android, so whether you’re using a desktop, mobile phone or tablet, you can access them anytime anywhere.

Whether you’re a businessman wanting to learn about IT or on Social Science but wanting to learn about Management, or just want to further enhance what you already know and keep in the loop, this site can offer you such.

The best of all, what’s the proof of your course? You can get a certificate from them too!

3. Codecademy  

Looking into boost your career in coding? Codecademy literally gives you free coding course for FREE. One of Time’s 50 Best Websites will surely bring that uncertainty to serenity, and join other 25 million learners around the globe who already have their fair share of success from this site. Watch their video or read people’s testimonies upfront on the first page to know how their career skyrocketed with Code Academy.

They do have free learning for school or education and also one for business, and for a fee, you get more services from them too.

4. EDX

EDX was founded by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology also known as MIT, so you know you’re getting high-quality learning. This massive open online course provides high-quality courses pairing up with world’s leading universities, nonprofits, and institutions with more than 90 global partners.

They are proud to say that they are established and led by colleges and universities, nonprofit, and open source of online courses.
From Language to Biology, boost your career in marketing, management skills, keep up to date your IT and Programming skills with EDX.
EDX provides a certificate of your achievement once you’ve finished the course. What’s more, they also offer specialized programs for a more advanced learning to further progress your career.

5. MIT Open Courseware 

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is one of the founding father of EDX and they too, have their own version of free web-based online courses for your career growth. They boast 200 million visitors with 2340 courses to choose from and you can be added to their statistics as they publish all their course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.

6. Udemy 

Udemy website may sound intimidating onset of the page because of the prices, but this site offers free courses that you can take as well. Just search via the search button and there are dozens of free online courses to choose from to boost your career.
Their site offers different categories from Level, Language, Features and Price and sort from most relevant, most reviewed, highest rated, newest, from the highest price to lowest and vice versa.

7. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania  

The Kutztown University of Pennsylvania – Small Business Development Center offers Online Learning programs to start off your career in entrepreneur, business, management, marketing and so on. They have a wide range of courses to choose from, and a long list of over 90 free on-demand online programs and they keep adding more.

More than the free online courses, they also offer consultation services, workshops, and business planning in case you have that extra funds that you can spend on.

8. Harvard University Online Learning 

Free.Online.Harvard.Courses. Yes, you read it right, I don’t know why you won’t visit this, it’s Harvard! FOR FREE! There’s a pool of free courses that you can access on their website that you can take mostly done online they also have paid online courses if you opt for a more in depth more specific learning. The search button is helpful to search and the filter section is also a big help narrowing down your search criteria.

9. Open 2 study 

Open 2 study lets you access courses on the Free courses page and what’s more is that they also provide free certificate of successful completion of it. What makes the site interesting is that once you’ve created your account either from scratch or using your social media- Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin, you can connect to people and it works like a classroom having classmates; make that, cyber classmates, or you can invite your friends to join too.
This website will help you with your career as they have a wide range of courses to choose from. You can search by Level of Study, Category, or Free Course in their Accredited Course tab.
This will definitely boost your career and further improve on your chosen field and give that career growth an edge.

10. inLearning of LinkedIn 

This is a bit tricky as they do provide free learning for a month, however, they need a credit card, the payment will take place after a month. I took as many learning as I can within a month and there were just too many interesting and helpful courses to take so I just took the most important. They will e-mail you and it is also helpful to keep a reminder to unsubscribe after 29 days so that they will not charge your credit card. It was indeed a hassle to monitor the date, but all the learnings were all worth it. What I love about this is that it automatically records your courses and attach it to your Linkedin profile. The courses have a video and transcript available for you to view.




You can choose from a wide range of courses to boost your career, even change careers from business to IT, adult learning to management, whatever career path you choose, they have a course for you. I know, because my team members did!




*Blog first appeared at GO-VA Company Website and my LinkedIn Account

Monday, March 27, 2017

Vondraye Attends Handstand101 by Jeff and Mech

1st Day Yoga Warm Up Session - Sleeping pigeon pose


Rome was not built overnight.

-French proverb (also by Jeff Dan Barrientos)


When I saw their advertisement over Facebook, I got so excited and as a yoga practitioner, mix that of the childhood frustration of being a ninja, this made giddy like a kid again. I’ve been practicing yoga for a long time and patience is one of those things I learned, most specially when I learned Wheel pose and Headstand which took me years (like 5++ years I think) to learn.



After five years of dedicated practice, however, the singer now has a different attitude: “He’s more patient, he understands that it’s a process and not a means to an end.” 
-Chad Dennis, Adam Levine’s yoga instructor, Men’s Health 10/28/13


I’m now ready to learn another yoga trick to add to my bucketlist and further enrich my yoga journey and with the help of Jeff and Mech and the whole staff of Asana Yoga Movement, I decided to join the Handstand 101 Workshop.

Jeff and Mech on their promo photo 




Jeff is one of the prominent handstanders in Cebu, having background in yoga, calisthenics, parkour and gymnastics. *catches breath* Yes, from all of these, I guess I don’t need to add more to convince you that he has the knowledge to help you with learning handstand. I knew him from his yoga sessions from Gold’s Gym JCentre every Saturday morning at 10am and became my favorite class ever since.

Mech is Jeff’s yin; the perfect partner for this 4week workshop gracing her beauty and sharing her experience teaching Vinyasa, yoga therapy, powerflow and Ashtanga because every after session. You REALLY need that yoga therapy. I tell you…

Yin and Yang, but both adept in their fields and just like a true blue yoga teachers and masters, they're able to share their energy, wisdom, knowledge and smiles with us. 

Let’s now talk about their schedule:

Week 1 – Learning the fundamentals – breathing, alignment and mental preparation

Week 2 – Safety Techniques, enter and exit from a handstand

Week 3 - Working together in finding your center of gravity, after all it’s about balance!

Week 4 – Handstand play! Applying what you’ve learned and explore handstand shapes and transition to other poses.

It doesn't end with weekend Saturday classes, I was surprised when they created a group for us in Facebook and Messenger for “assignments.” I was like stunned that these people are serious about us learning Handstand, they even check on you if you’re done or not with the daily exercise which makes it even more amazing! This is my first time to experience getting checked up on daily exercises! I really appreciate the fact that they don’t just want you to learn about the basics, but really want you to progress and improve on your handstand.

Don’t fret as they aren’t like any Miss Minchin nor any of those Military/CAT/COCC/ROTC instructors. We do get Sunday restdays too and I’m utterly amazed how during Saturday afternoon classes, they manage to teach all of us and don’t miss a bat making sure that they are there to correct all of us. They don’t have favoritism, they don’t focus on one, but they make sure everyone learns and they are there to correct. There were times, multiple times we needed help (because I’m big and heavy and can I say sorry?), but they were there to help us AND others at the same time. 

Sample teaser of an Exercise Assignment



Expect a To Do List at home and don’t worry if you’re visual (like me) since they also send videos for you to follow and these aren’t downloaded videos, these are videos they shot themselves, you'd know they are serious when it comes to teaching you! Problem with your alignment? Chum and other staff helps out and they also have a bunch of pictures so you can see your alignment, progress and picture perfect shot for your Social Media as they literally shoot the WHOLE duration of the class, and after class, it's not like "Okay, goodbye..." You can stay and "play" around with the teachers with some tricks.




It’s been a week and they still don’t forget their students as they still check up on us if we’ve done the exercises EVERYDAY. 

In conclusion, I recommend the Workshop with 5/5 stars (they shouldn’t be calling this a workshop but parenting!) because they don’t end the help in those 4 weeks, more than the training, they extend their hands from workshop to Facebook contacts teaching, training to friendship which I value the most.

p.s. I'm an introvert so I'm really not comfortable talking to other people but they did manage me to open up and whoala! I got instant friends! 


We  call ourselves 3M - Maria, Mia Michelle and Mark





Last Day Partner in Crime- Ryan




You can reserve your slot by sending an SMS at (0995-459-8235), or flex those hands on your keyboards and e-mail them at asanayogamovement@gmail.com or visiting their webpage at http://www.asanayogamovement.com/ or thru 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AsanaYogaMovement/ and check the event details at the 

Facebook events page :https://www.facebook.com/events/1398975346806468/?ti=cl . 




Day 1 discussion - Jeff and Mech


Day 3 Practical Exercise with my 3M Group!

Teacher Jeff multi tasking teaching everyone and ME!




Preparing....






Ryan and his Handstand Graduation Photo!!! Proud Partner!



With the Core Group!!! 





Certificate, Sticker, Yogamat and my Yoga Towel!



Yoga Warm UP! Day 4!




Sample Warm Up Exercise Day 4!


Partner Practical Exercise Day4!




Partner Practical Exercise Day4!


Practical Exercise with Ryan!



Practical Exercises Day 4!


Progress!!! Day 4


Graduation Photo!


Graduation Photo of Batch 1


Trying to do a Graduation theme photo


After Class bonding massage with Mech!




Post Class / Graduation Photoshoot



Post Class / Graduation Photoshoot




Post Class / Graduation Photoshoot









*Some photos taken from Asana Yoga + Movement FB page and Chum Basubas

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Eksena sa Colonade Supermarket (Supermarket here in Cebu)

Eksena sa Colonade Supermarket


Kanina sa grocery bibili kasi ako ng mga shampoo, toothpaste at sabon:
Habang papunta ako sa mga toiletries section, nadaanan ko yung isang babae na parang di mapakali…
She really caught my attention nung bigla niyang nilagay sa bag niya yung isang bote ng Vaseline lotion...
Syempre ako, nagkukunwaring hindi siya nakita. Patay-malisya lang.
Napansin ko din na tinitingnan din pala siya ng roving guard, na siyempre ay may hawak na radyo…
Paglingon ko, nakita ko na naman yung babae na may nilagay na 2 bottles ng shampoo.
Nagsimula siyang lumakad palabas...
Narinig ko naman yung guard na may niraradyo habang nakatingin sa babae...
Pasimpleng sinundan ko yung babaeng palapit sa exit ng Grocery...

Siyempre, hinarang siya ng guard at kinausap:
Guard: Miss, pakibalik na lang yung mga kinuha mo para walang problema
Babae: Ano pinagsasasabi mo?
Guard: Wag ka na magmaang-maangan. Ibalik mo na lang kasi...
Babae: Grabe ka na ha…
Nagtaas na ng boses yung babae. Napapatingin na mga tao sa kanila.

Babae: Sige, kulitin mo pa ko at magsisisigaw ako dito!
Guard: Sumigaw ka kung gusto mo. Ikaw naman mapapahiya.
Babae: Wag mo kong pipilitin! Sisigaw talaga ko!
Guard: Bahala ka.

At sumigaw nga ang babae.

Babae: DARNAAAA!!!

At lumipad siya papalabas ng Grocery. Gulantang kami. Nahulog ko yung Pepsodent.
Sumigaw din yung guard.

Guard: CAPTAIN BARBEEEEL!!!

Lumipad din siya at naghabulan sila.
Hanggang ngayon, wala pang balita kung ano nangyari.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

01:11:55H




It may not be the "perfect" company to work for, but in terms of being able to communicate (read: TALK DIRECTLY TO THE CEO) with the owner and share ideas and insights right there and then, I can say I'm happy where I am right now. 

I still have reservations of other people knowing what I've gone through and though close friends knew about it, I'm still not comfortable for them to know what happened (September 2016 shenanigans). 

I'm editing one of my blogs for the company and oh my, my brain is not working for the last hour or so. I tried to pause and talked to my colleagues and still no ideas on how to edit the blog assignment I have for the CEO. 

I'm loving-hating this new work since I'm given a chance to showcase my talent to write/blog, at the same time, on my most active state- evening, plus I have with me colleagues who I love, less people on the evening too.
 
I'll release these ideas for now as a personal blog to at least to ease the tension in my brain. I'm not the only one who got culture shocked, because most of us came from the BPO industry and coincidentally from the same company, so experiencing these "changes" is literally a happy change for most of us. 

Although there were setbacks, there are still good points that I'd like to focus on. I'm now with the hundreds and thousands of Cebuanos experiencing real non-call center job, and with me are hundred more being a Virtual Assistant. 

One of the things I learned in life is don't expect too much and it was rather a good ammo to have whether in love life, work or life itself. My work title may seem a bit vague but being that someone that has superficial happiness, I'm just happy where I am right now. 

One of which is finally, having my own cubicle/table/station. Papers, notebooks, planners, diary, pens, food, tissue everywhere! My own personal computer that I call my own and no one else is using it. I can literally save files in it, but of course, I don't want to push my luck and take too much advantage of it. Most of the files I place now are work related. I leave my leather shoes at work, charge my phones at my desk, surf the net during my break, and my "other" boss (the CEO -Fiona) teaching me on how to write better. 

I'm thinking and I was like "so this is how real work works," as no more outrageously strict, (and sometimes stupid call center company policies). I work better with music and not just me, but most of the Virtual Assistants are able to work with headsets on playing their favorite music.  

I can post papers, post it notes, inspirational quotes, pictures at my desk which I can't with my previous work. All we can bring was our headset (for taking calls) and spill proof tumbler. I was dumbfounded when I learned we can't even bring blankets in! 

I'm on my first month of work and I'm trying my best to be optimistic/realistic as I can be, but all I can say right now is that, again, I'm not in a perfect company, I don't have a perfect work, and I'm not perfectly happy, but I am partly happy and that's all I care for now. 

In HIS time, when the Universe is ready, I'll be there where I can say, I'm happy again and I don't deserve all of these things. 

my messy station



-vondraye 0123H
02172017

Monday, February 13, 2017

VA’s are IN (in Cebu)

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In the Philippines, Call Centers or BPOs have been bringing in money both for big companies abroad and Filipinos workers as well, however, globalization now introduces a better way for other companies and business to experience the savings that these big companies are getting – Virtual Assistants.


Virtual Assistants are, in a way, taken the employment further than Call Center agents, plus, adding the location of Cebu, it takes a couple of further distance apart from the people of Manila.


How do you feel if your employees look like they just came out of an episode of Walking Dead? The majority of them traveling to work during evenings with all the hundred other people, stuck in traffic, worse if it rains, worst during the holiday season (raining), eating unhealthy food, experiencing sleeping problems, the list seems endless. Many companies try their best to alleviate these by providing shuttle, discounted gym memberships, higher medical insurance, however, this doesn’t generally work, thus business still gets affected, and people nowadays are looking for new ways to earn and ways on how to work “normally” again, Virtual Assistants take it a notch higher for reasons.


One of the predicaments either customers or business owners face is that in call centers, there’s 1 in 1 million to none chance that you’ll be able to reach that person again. Telling the same story again and again and again and again. Since you’re only in touch with specific person or group, VAs have the idea of the whole history of your conversation, issues, problems, solutions that you both talked about.


Cebu may be on the Top 8 list however, many of those who already experienced living (the nightmare) in Manila found solitude and chose to stay in (or went back to)Cebu for a hundred reasons. Expats of big companies did share their stories of being at home and being fond of Cebu more than Manila, their experience on cultural diversity, being one with nature and less pollution makes them see more than what locals see.


Don’t fret the traffic since VA’s aren’t working on a usual 8-5 or 9-6 workforce so your employees are already sitting at their desk working while all the other people-students and other employees are still stuck in traffic. Our location is near, but not in the business district so traffic and pollution are less in our area as well. Opposite timezone? No Problem! We have opened our doors to US clients and while the majority are on their way home, GO-VA employees are passing by the long heavy traffic flow opposite theirs on their way to work. We still have those night owls that are more productive during the night and so we’re here to scout them for you! In addition, unlike the uncanny population in Manila, Cebu’s population is still far away from the busy 2-3 hour travel time to and from work, plus the pollution and smog they inhale every day.


There are call center companies that usually have erratic, if not weekly, monthly changing schedules. Virtual Assistants work as their clients and when they work with their clients real time and work on time sensitive matter.  In addition to that, we also believe in family time- weekends off and having the same schedule- permanently.  Important life events and holidays also play into place as Virtual Assistants spend holidays as their clients’ country. No more staring out the window watching fireworks during New Year or spending Christmas Eve at the office pantry (while your bosses are on leave for a week or two).


The emerging business of Virtual Assistants is on a road rage because people are just tired and stressed of call center work and Virtual Assistants give you the chance to work like a normal day job employee (except for those who still choose the nightshift), but on a global level, competitive tasks, and more than just a job, it’s also a chance to live a normal healthy, happy life as well.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

#GOVALoveWeek


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Husband, Mom, Dad, Son, Daughter, Brother, Sister, Friend, Best Friend, Schoolmate, Colleague.

You've been in one of these and I'm sure your connection may be different from each one, but everyone is connected and it's all the same-LOVE.

Fiona, our beloved CEO (boss, friend, sister,cool mom, our fairy godmother and everything in between) is a big fan of Vishen Lakhiani's work - "Code of Extraordinary Mind" and now, #LoveWeek.

 Vishen shares the science, the art, the business, the study, the experiment of #LoveWeek at work and I think everyone would agree when we say that we all want to share some LOVIN'!

#LoveWeek as explained by Karina Swenson, (director of content marketing) is Valentines meet Secret Santa (or we Pinoy fondly call Monito-Monita!) and here's how it works - Each person plays a "Secret Angel" and a "Human" to somebody. Before Loveweek starts, everyone draws a name of someone to be a "Secret Angel" to for Love week without actually revealing their identity. Throughout the entire week, every single day, (or if you are really that loving!) multiple times of the day, You as the angel, SECRETLY do something nice for your Human- post it notes with empowering quotes, cards, candy, food, paper crafts, origami, flowers from your garden, the list is endless. On the other hand, your duty as a Loveweek HUMAN is to receive all the love and care and be grateful and feel good at work all day!

Vishen believes in Modern Science that when people working are happy, they are much more productive- boosting happiness, we boost productivity. Harvard Study proved that Social Connections among staff at work helps to connect. We spend majority of our waking hours at work, why not fill it up with Connections? Joy? and Happiness?

GO-VA joins the world to celebrate #LoveWeek. One of our Company Values CARE fits perfectly with this and brings in the fun with the other four - DRIVE, LEARN, EXECUTE and FIND A WAY.

The secret is not with the gifts, based on the book "Good to Great" by Jim Collins, it mentions that in great companies, employees love their jobs because of who they do their jobs with. One Key ingredient is Friendships at Work that are formed. Gallup Study shows that if you have a best friend at work, you are 7x to be engaged at your job.

Fiona's doing #LoveWeek, rather make that #GOVALoveWeek and we invite everyone to join her as we celebrate a whole week of lots of lovin'!

Happy #LoveWeek!


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