Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Work at Home Mom: Merry Christmas and a Hope-Filled New Year, Everyone!

Simple yet heartwarming gatherings of loved ones and friends are more than enough to bring us joy these holy days.May we all welcome the coming year with a deep sense of gratitude and the soul-deep knowing that all will be well.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Work at Home Mom: Maia San Diego at One Morning, Manila TV


On the last day of her exhibit last October 14, our youngest daughter Maia and some of her paintings were featured at the television program One Morning, aired live simultaneously by Channels 4, 9 and 13. She was interviewed by the beautiful Claudine Trillo.

It was a busy day as she was also interviewed in the afternoon by Total Girl Magazine.

I could get used to a new career as a stage mom, hehe.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Work at Home Mom: Maia San Diego at the Sunday Inquirer Magazine


Please indulge me as I share our family's excitement over the article on our daughter Maia's exhibit in today's Philippine Daily Inquirer Sunday Magazine.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Work at Home Mom: Our 12-Year-Old Daughter's Solo Painting Exhibit Extended


"Larong Bata" (Child's Play), Maia's solo painting exhibit at Likha Diwa sa Gulod, C. P. Garcia Avenue, UP Diliman, has been extended to October 14. Please note that the cafe is closed on Sundays.

Of the 25 works on display, 19 are for sale and seven have already been sold.

More important for Maia, though, are the feedback she receives about her work. So if you do drop by, please leave your thoughts in the guest book.

Our heartfelt thanks to all those who have shown her support.

It was also a good opportunity to get together with family and friends. Here she is with my closest writer-friends. Sa uulitin!


Saturday, August 16, 2008

Work at Home Mom: Our 12 Year Old Daughter, a Filipina Child Artist, Holds Her 1st Solo Painting Exhibit

Our youngest daughter, Maia or Inx, opened her first solo painting exhibit titled "Larong Bata" yesterday afternoon at Likha Diwa sa Gulod Cafe in UP Diliman.

She has 25 works on display, all acrylic on canvas, including still life, landscapes, abstracts and pop art. There are homages to her favorite painter, Van Gogh, and there is a playful take on Munch's "Scream."
Popstar-ry Night (Sold); I Scream (Sold)

Garden of Dreams (Sold); Flowers in a Violet Vase (Sold)


Under the Sea (Sold); Rushing Water


Homage to Van Gogh's Iris (Sold)


Outside the Window

Magical Forest; Big Waterfalls

To see more of her paintings, you can drop by Likha Diwa Cafe at UP Diliman, near Bgy. Krus na Ligas. The exhibit runs until September 13.

Likha Diwa is a quaint cafe serving delicious vegetarian food that can win over any carnivore. They also have very good coffee, including my favorite Durian Cappuccino. You won't regret your visit, that's for sure.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Work at Home Mom: Sell Ebooks at Lulu

Yes you can sell your ebooks online at no cost to you. This service is available at Lulu.com. All you need to do is save your manuscript as a PDF file and upload it after having registered for free at the site. You determine the selling price of your ebook, with Lulu getting a small percentage from each sale. Once your share of sales has reached a minimum of $5, they send it to your PayPal account.

Writers and artists are selling all sorts of ebooks at Lulu. There are novels, anthologies and even single short stories. There are biographies and how-to books, as well as cookbooks. There are graphic novels and collections of photographs or paintings.

If you don't have your own ebook material right now, you can always buy one that comes with full resale rights. An example is My Google Money. For only $9 you own the right to resell the ebook at any price and keep all sales as pure profit.

Some of my romance novels in Filipino are for sale as ebooks at Lulu. Do check them out! :-D

Let me know when your ebooks are up, too. Good luck!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Work at Home Mom: Paydotcom

A recommended alternative to Clickbank is Paydotcom. Many of us in the Philippines - and in several other countries, I guess - have been frustrated by Clickbank's continued refusal to give us equal opportunities to earn online from its affiliate program. Now we can say it's their loss.

With Paydotcom, we can now promote a whole lot of products and earn from them. Earnings will be paid either through Paypal or by check. Both are FREE. I mean, you can sign up with Paydotcom for free and start earning from the affiliates you promote. You can also sign up at Paypal for a free personal account. (You can also get a very affordable Paypal Merchant Account to start selling straight from your site.)

I just signed up with Paydotcom. I will soon be writing about their great products. I'll also keep you updated on my earning progress. Stay tuned!

You might also want to check out the following income earning opportunity:

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Work at Home Mom: Writers Can Earn Global Online from the Philippines With Constant Content

I found a new forum for writers to be able to earn online from the Philippines or anywhere with an internet connection. Make that anywhere else in the world. The site I'm referring to is Constant Content.

A writer can register at Constant Content and submit articles, reviews, tutorials or blog entries for sale on the site. There are submission guidelines to be followed concerning the quality, style and format of writing.

Each piece can be sold three ways: through Usage Purchase, Unique Purchase or Full Rights Purchase.

Usage Purchase allows the buyer to use the piece unchanged on only one website or magazine. The piece also it remains on the site for sale to other users.

Unique Purchase means the buyer has sole right to use the piece, but only for sites or magazines that heor she owns. The buyer does not have the right to resell the piece, change it nor claim authorship for it.

Full Rights Purchase makes the piece the property of the buyer. He or she has the right to claim authorship for it, resell it, change it and publish it anywhere.

The writer sets the price for each Usage level for each piece. Once sold, the writer is credited with 65% of that price.

Writers are paid after a 30 day holding period to ensure clearance of payments. That is, provided the writer has a minimum of $50.oo credited to his or her account.

I have registered but still have to start submitting articles. I'll post updates on this venture. Better still, why don't you give Constant Content a try, too?

Work at Home Mom: Social Networking at Yuwie

This is another fun and easy way to earn online from the Philippines and anywhere in the world. It's as much fun and as easy as joining Friendster, Multiply, MySpace, etcetera...except at Yuwie you get paid while having all that fun.

And how do you earn online at Yuwie? Simple. You get paid according to the number of page views you get, including your own visits to your own pages. You also get paid according to the page views received by everyone who joined through your invitation, up to ten levels.

If you have teens at home, I'm sure you know how much time they spend in social networking sites and how many sites they visit. Imagine if you have a Yuwie account and then invite your kids to join, and they invite their friends to join, and so on and so forth. You will be earning online as they stay longer at Yuwie having fun. Are you smiling now?

So put your smooching skills to good use. Try Yuwie. Earn global online.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Work at Home Mom: Falling Flat On My Face Again

What a laugh! Just shows how out of touch I've been. Thanks to a comment left by April Kerr in the previous post, I learned about the Google PR backlash against paid posting bloggers. My timing for enrolling really sucks, huh?

I was initially asking for advice but after doing some reading around more knowledgeable blogs, I'm taking April's advice and theirs and backing off this venture. Whew! At least I learned just in time, before starting anything I'd regret.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Work at Home Mom: Our Baby Is Now A Lady


Okay, I'm in stage mom mode again. Do check out the January 2008 issue of Total Girl Philippines, where our youngest is featured on page 49.

I swear I didn't have anything to do with it. She sent in her application on her own and we were just surprised to receive a call for her shoot. Of course, from then on I was totally into it, hehe.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Work at Home Mom: Streamlining for the New Year

I am embracing 2008 with renewed faith, hope and enthusiasm while taking with me the lessons of the year past.

As I enter the fourth quarter of my first blogging year, I have quite a lot of lessons learned.

First, I now admit that despite best intentions I couldn't keep up with my initial blogging schedule. I wasn't doing much writing offline before and that explains how I was able to write so much online. As new projects and involvements came up, I found that I have set quite unrealistic demands on myself. Many of my blogs suffered.

It was quite a surprise, therefore, that I still received an Adsense payment and am now building up to another payment soon. Not bad in relation to the efforts I have put in.

Of course, not all my blogs earn the same way. In fact, this blog is not even earning its keep. Only a few are self-sufficient and show promise of being consistent producers. These are the informational blogs.

One mistake I made out of sheer enthusiasm was to get all my blogs their own domain names. It wasn't really that big an investment, just $20 for a year of private listing at Yahoo. Some blogs have already earned back the year's cost in the first Adsense check, and continue to earn enough to pay for a second year's fee plus a little more to make the effort worthwhile. The others just have to be canceled, to be reverted back to blogspot addresses.

I am keeping the domain names of some blogs, though, even if they're not "earning blogs." Manila Mom has always been my "flagship" blog and I'm not giving up http://www.manilamom.com/,
no way! I am going to integrate our family blog here, though, instead of having to update 4 Dogs, 3 Pigs and a Family separately.

Likewise, I am keeping http://www.maiajose.com/ and http://www.caferomanza.com/ in relation to my upcoming writing projects even if they do not actually earn as blogs. We'll see this coming year if the projects can support them.

I intend to continue with my experiment. I hope the blogspot blogs still continue to earn even in trickles, at least to cover the previous year's domain costs. Hopefully, in time they may even pull in a profit.

I also intend to maximise those blogs that are performing well. I'll try to at least regularize my postings, even just every other week.

I'm so sorry that I just couldn't bloghop as I used to. Thank you so much to all the online friends I have made who continue to drop by for a quick visit. I'll return the visit soon, I promise!

Here's to joyful beginnings, everyone!!!
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