Blog

Fabric & More

” If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. “― Albert Einstein

I am H, and I have been a call center agent for five years. However, I finally got tired of passing through a heavy traffic to go to the office. For that, I resigned from my job so I can look for a home-based job.

As I searched for an online job, I learned from people’s testimonies that they make online money by doing what they really love. Some make blogs. Some provides assistance related to their profession. Some develops websites. Some of them are selling products. Most of them are bragging about earning thousands of dollars a week by doing ‘scam.’

As for me, I can’t find a job because I can’t decide what I really love to do. What do I really love to do? I love arts. But will I ever earn money using my artist’s touch? That’s what I am about to find out.

JOB: Design things related to fabric

GOAL: Open a shop and hire 10 unemployed persons

TIME FRAME: 1 year

Day 1 (November 1, 2016) – DESIGN 1:

The first bag is 15 x 17 inches in size. The striped cloth is an excess fabric from ordered pillow cases. The embroidered blue cloth is an excess fabric from our curtain. For my customers not to notice that it was just an excess fabric, I put a flower at the bottom left of the bag’s pocket. It made the design fashionable.

Day 2 (November 2, 2016) – DESIGN 2

As I searched through a pile of excess fabric today, I noticed the seven-colored cloth that one of my friend brought home last year. Since not one piece is enough to make one bag panel, I combined it with a mint green excess fabric from a dress that my mother made for herself.

Both the seven-colored and the mint green cloth are stiff in nature so I put a cover to keep the bag from opening. I also put a mint green ribbon and a flower to make the bag fashionable.

Day 3 (November 3, 2016) – Design 3

I found a floral nylon fabric today and I decided to make another bag. Since it is see-through, I put a mint green Gina cloth as its lining. I also put a horizontal green combination on top and three buttons to give emphasis to the bag.

Today, I already have 3 bag samples so I’ve contacted a close friend to show her the items. And guess what, I’ve had my first customer! She ordered 15 bags.

Day 4, (November 4, 2016) – Design 4 and 5

I have 15 bags to make and I am motivated to do more. So here I go.

There are several seven-colored cloth in the pile so I choose them to be my project today. For the first bag, I paired it with an olive green cotton cloth. I braid the strap and put a ribbon and a flower at the right side.

 

For the second, I paired it with an excess fabric from one of our customer’s ordered curtain. The curtain fabric is elegant, however, it is too thin so I put a white fabric as a lining.

Mandarin Sardines Patty

img_20161031_180709

Sardines doesn’t always sound appealing because of it’s fishy smell and some were just tired of eating it. However, I’ve made a twist to that dish to make you love it.

In this recipe, I’ve added a few ingredients to add more flavor to the sardines while eliminating its fishy smell. This would cost less, so it would really fit your budget.

INGREDIENTS:

– I can of 155g Sardines

– 1 pc. egg

– 1/2 bulb of medium sized onion (minced)

– 1/2 cup all purpose flour

– 1/2 cup edible oil

– 1/4 cup water

– 1 tsp. sugar

– 2 tbps. soy sauce

– 2 tbps. vinegar

– 1 pc. garlic (minced)

PROCEDURE:

1. Separate the sardines from its sauce.

2. Mix the sardines, the minced onions, the salt, the flour and the egg together. Mashed the ingredients to create a unique flavor.

3. Preheat the oil for about 30 seconds.

4. Divide the sardines mixture according to your preferred sizes. Normally, 155g of sardines can make seven to nine loaves.

5. Fry the mixture into a flat circular shape.

6. Wait until the patties turn golden brown.

7. On a separate pan, saute the minced garlic until golden brown.

8. Pour the sardines sauce to the pan.

9. Add the water, the soy sauce, the vinegar and the sugar.

10. Put the fried patty.

11. Season and garnish according to your taste preference.

Wawa – A Secret Paradise

by Homielife

 

Everybody needs to unwind after a long and tiresome week. However, when we hear the word recreation, the first thing that would normally come to our mind is cost. Relaxation doesn’t always have to be expensive. Remember, you can’t buy happiness. You don’t need a pile of cash if you want to recreate.

One of the place I would recommend is the Wawa Resort. It has lots of attractions that would surely fill your day with amazement. For a P40.00 entrance fee, fresh green mountains would welcome you at the entrance.

Between those mountains flows the calm Wawa River where you can go swimming. Beside the rivers are entrances to beautiful caves that you might want to explore. Two of the most well-known are Pamitinan and Bat Caves. Inside those caves are cool clean water that would surely refresh your scorching-hot summer. There are also lots of interconnecting caves where you can get in to one and exit on the other.

Above Wawa River is a hanging bridge. If you haven’t experienced passing through, this is your best chance. Standing at the middle of the bridge would allow you to view lots of spectacular things that surrounded the place. If you’re afraid of heights, you can simply go ‘rock hopping’ instead.

If you want to do sight-seeing you can also shop at their souvenir stores or buy items from their fresh market. There are plenty of valuable items that are available for you. Their market has a lot to offer. Fruits and vegetables that are freshly picked, and meat that were newly prepared just for you. In addition, you will never go hungry as there are lots of affordable restaurants that are accessible.

If you are fond of adventure, you might as well try exploring the ruins of an old church. You can also go mountain climbing or go diving near the spring.

Or, if you just want to rest, you can rent a floating house and go rafting at the middle of Wawa river. Somebody will paddle for you, so all you have to do is enjoy the fresh air and the beauty of nature. You can also request to have the raft stationed at the end of the dam. There you can watch the river flow while waiting for a beautiful sunset.

At the end of the day, you’ll get and affordable, enjoyable and remarkable experience. You can take as many pictures as you like, but memories will surely be painted in your heart when you come to Wawa River, the hidden beauty.

The Selling Teacher

It is often said that to be a great leader, one must be a great follower.

Richard Serrano Celeste had proven this quote by work and by heart. He is the ‘selling teacher.’ He was a graduate of Business Administration, major in Entrepreneurial Marketing. He studied all the theories needed to be a great entrepreneur and graduated as magna cum laude at Mindanao State University in Marawi City.

He loves to read books, but what’s more amazing is that his learning never ends there. He applied what he had learned and shared them to his class.

When I went to college, I used to think that degree is just a ticket to get good job. With him, it was different. He always motivated us to become what we really wanted to be. He knew how to ignite our interest and helped us in achieving them.

I remember how he gave us time to organize exhibits. Those who love to cook can sell food. Those who love to sew can sell dresses. Those who love to paint can sell paintings. Those who are not artistic at all can buy and sell things. The group with the highest profit gains the highest grade.

Through this activity, he made learning enjoyable. This also helped us understood how it is to be an entrepreneur by heart, not just by profession.

He also emphasized that we should not be taking business courses to remain employees for the rest of our lives. He taught us business theories because he wanted us to be equipped and not to be afraid to invest on something worth risking.

Additionally, he used to mention that investment is not everything in business. You have to be equipped with a mind that plans, a heart that is filled with positive attitude, hands that work, and a life that is committed to achieving your goals. For us to learn more about these values, he asked us to submit critical analysis of some inspirational books by Robert Kiyosaki and other successful businessmen.

The steps weren’t easy, but it never meant it is impossible. My teacher’s life is a living testimony to his own teaching. He planned, he invested, and he became the selling teacher.

Richard Serrano Celeste – the selling teacher.

A Night in Mount Ilihan

 

“Panaad Festival,” also known as “Walk of Penance” is a feast that is celebrated by devout Catholics in Camiguin. During this feast, people would walk around Camiguin with the intent to show a penitent heart before God. Since it is Holy Thursday, they want to feel the sacrifice that Jesus made when he died on the cross of Calvary.

I didn’t believe much in doing penitence. But last April 21, 2011, I decided to go with my friends on their journey to Mount Ilihan.

Ilihan is one of the highest and most popular mountain in Camiguin. Walking there felt like a real road to Calvary. My legs went numbed before we even reached the foot of the mountain. The weather was cold, but out of fatigue, I felt so hot that sweat came running down my cheeks. I ran out of breath, but we are determined to reach the top. It felt easy at first, but the higher we got, the more difficult it had been. There were thorns. There were rocks. There are areas where there is nothing to hold on to, yet we continued.

When we reached the middle, dew began to fall. The narrow pathway became slippery and we need to put ourselves in proper balance so we won’t fall. There was no way we can stop there. There are only two options – to move up or to go down. Moving up seemed to be the practical way, so we moved forward.

There are fourteen stations of the cross from the foot to the mountaintop. When we reached the eleventh station, I almost feel the victory. However, the way to the twelfth station was far more challenging. It was made of bamboo ladder with slippery mud flowing on it. I wanted to quit, but why should I go back when the way up is shorter than the way down?

“How many steps are there left?” I asked a friend.

“One hundred plus,” she answered.

I started counting every step of the ladder. To my dismay, the ‘plus’ means a hundred steps more. There are actually two hundred eighty six steps from the twelfth station to the fourteenth station. It was a long and winding road. I hadn’t even enjoyed the feeling of reaching the top. I only felt hungry and tired. I wanted to rest, so I slept.

Dawn came and we woke up. The sun rose beautifully before my eyes and for the first time, I saw a thousand miracles in just one view. The cool April breeze, the sun rising on the east, the trees that grows so beautifully, the calm sea at the other side of the mountain, the sound of the waterfalls at the nearby place and many other sceneries. They are simply breath-taking.

There, during that one night in Mount Ilihan I learned lessons for life. That life is a journey with lots of big rocks to discourage and tempt me to stop. That it has lots of thorns that would cause me pain. That it is full of slippery slopes that would make me fall. However, if I persevere, I will see miracles unfold and I would be able to appreciate the great things those challenges would bring.

Today, when I think about those people who walked around that beautiful island, Camiguin, I could no longer say they’re insane. They are simply people who wanted to see the reflection of God’s goodness – people who want to find an inner peace.