Sunday, May 06, 2007

Life in the Philippines: The Benefits of Working at Home

The main reason why my husband and I opted to work from home is to be able to take care of our children. Last year, another angle was added to the situation when my Dad got very ill. Since I am an only child, we took care of him until he passed away in May. By then my Mom was already sick. She is now bedridden and also under our care. This is why I haven't been able to post in the past days.

I am glad that we are able to do this for our family. I am hoping that my blogging and other online money making efforts will eventually create viable income streams to further strengthen our position and make us less dependent on client-based freelance work.


roland said...

hi manila-mom! i hope your mom gets well soon! :)

homemom3 said...

Hope your mom starts getting better.

As for working at home, I'm in that boat. It can be fun at times and stressful at others when the money doesn't seem to be flowing in.

Question: how do you sticky those posts you have up on your front page here?

Maia Jose, Manila Mom said...

Thanks Roland and Homemom3!

The sticky posts are written not as posts but as added page elements (text) in the sidebar then dragged and dropped to the area above the post. I just discovered it by accident when trying to put a banner ad there. Then I experimented with added text elements.

rob said...

wow that's cool. I'm a filipino btw and I know that most housewives tend to stay at home. I prefer it that way for the future. wishing you the best in your endeavors. =)

if you're curious which site I'm from, you can visit:

My Blog

Maia Jose, Manila Mom said...

Thanks Rob.Wishing you the best in your studies and your blog, too! Good writing, by the way.

Matthew C. Keegan said...

Thank you for the inspiring account on how you prioritize your family over work. Our parents are gone, but my wife and I cherish the times that we had with them while they lasted. You are being stretched to due extra duty, but you are providing the care that your parents need.

homemom3 said...

okay so this is with the new blogger. Thank you so much. I think it would work great with my contests page.

Dave Starr said...

Hello Maia,

I came across your blog via acomment you left on Garry Conn's blog. Nice to make your acquaintance. I'm an American living full-time in Bulacan with my dear wife, Mita ... also known as the unofficialcook. Delighted to see someone writing well and often about working from home in the Philippines (and world-wide). There's a tremendous talent often running to watse and there has probably never been a better time for folks to just get started and larn as they go. I'll be reading.

Maia Jose, Manila Mom said...

I hope the "sticky tip" helps your contest, homemom3!

Matthew, this is just the first half of the experience because my husband's parents are even older than mine. We're committed to being there for them, as well. Happily, they're strong and healthy and still enjoying living independently although near enough to be constantly in touch.

Dave, it's good to hear from you. I hopped over to see your blogs, hoping that one of them would be on your wife's cooking :) I'm glad that you're both enjoying working from home. It takes courage to do it after being securely employed for so long. My husband and I decided to work from home when we were too young to be scared :) We built our entire lifestyle around it and our children wouldn't have it any other way.

Dave Starr said...

Sorry, I should have given you the link to begin with. Mita cooks at:

By the way ... when comparing the "scariness" of investing in yourself by working for yourself, as opposed to the "security" of a 'real' job ... have you ever read Steve Pavlina's 10 reasons to never get a job? A lot of conventional wisdom isn't very wise.

Maia Jose, Manila Mom said...

No I haven't read that, Dave, but I don't need further convincing :D
Hubby and I have been doing it all our married life and we don't intend to shift.

I hopped over to Mita's site and yummm! i think i'll be visiting often!!!

nara said...

Dear Manila,
Simple example of inspiration! Keep it up.
Hope your mum is feelign better!

Maia Jose, Manila Mom said...

Thanks Nara.We are keeping her as comfy as possible. Thankfully, despite her cancer she has no pain.

I visited your blog. Wow, you have an online school?

sasha said...

Things happen for a reason daw talaga, manila mom. Mabuti na lang you and your husband work at home. I hope your mom will get well soon :)

I will definitely do this, Maia! Naku, I need this one :)

Regarding sa Paypal payments on PPP and other paid-blogging programs, a blogger friend let me use her Paypal account. So far I haven't received any email from PPP et al. Kung magka-problem, not sure how I'll go about it pa.

Happy weekend! :)

Dave Starr said...

Hmmm, tried to leave a comment yesterday but something went awry it seems. I looked at Nara's school idea too ans I'm impressed ... hope it grows and prospers.

I've been dealing/emailing/chatting with thousands of western potential Philippines visitors and residents for more than 7 years now. Know what the most common need they can't find fulfillment for?

A bank that processes US checks in lest than 25 days ... but hey, we know that won't happen LoL.

Seriously, language learning ... how cna I learn Tagalog, wher can I find a course in Bisayan ... on and on. There are a couple commercial ventures in this area but they are not very good ... and expensive.

An opportunity awaits

Maia Jose, Manila Mom said...

Sasha, thanks for the well wishes. My Mom passed away peacefully last May 11, and thankfully she had no pain.

Dave, I'm sorry I have been offline and wasn't able to moderate comments. That's probably why you didn't see your comment posted. I'll be online again but will be taking things slowly these first few days.

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