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An End of an Era & a Start of Something Not-So-New

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Change. Change is good. Do not fear change. Change is inevitable. Go with it or deprive yourself from seeing something more beautiful, more awesome, more life.

The end of an era. After almost 3 years of being a “wizard” of the Wedding Wizards I have decided to hang my non-existent magic wand and wizard’s hat. I will not be enumerating here the reasons why I decided to do so but let’s just say that I have finally seen the bigger picture, a realization: the Wedding Wizards team isn’t for me anymore. I have seen changes (which I have chosen to ignore for a couple of years) and I am now moving on with the change. I have left the “old cheese” in pursuit of a “new cheese”. You should read “Who Moved My Cheese” for you to understand the metaphor. It was scary at first, I admit, but there’s no use in staying any longer in a place where you don’t belong in the same page anymore. I am doing this for me, for my own sanity and for my own happiness. I say enough. I say move on.

The start of something not-so-new. As I am still navigating this new maze that I am in I thought of going back to what I can really do best: honing my arts and crafts skills. Way before I joined the Wedding Wizards I have already been crafting and creating something from scratch with my own hands.  I always see things in a different way, in a better light, that’s why I can create a crafting project out of any kind of material. That is also the reason why I almost do not throw anything away. Yes, I am a pack rat. Give me the crafting tools I need, leave me alone with my crafting and I can make a masterpiece out of a garbage-bound material. Thanks to the 3 crafting and DIY influences in my life: my two grandmothers (both really great in sewing, and one of them in crocheting) and my own mother. I have also created some customized items and accessories for the past weddings of the Wedding Wizards.

Now, in line with this not-so-new venture, I have created separate blogsites for my arts and crafts projects. One in Blogspot and one in WordPress. They both have the same content (almost) so you can follow either one. Pardon the quality of photos posted there, I can only do minor adjustments with them. Either I need a new and better digital camera or I need better lighting and more knowledge in camera settings. 😀

Oh, I also have created a Facebook Page for my handmade creations. I hope you will “Like” it. 😉

My final words for this post are already clichés but they are clichés for a reason. Life is too short: Live it. Love it. Laugh with it. Learn to know when enough is enough. Move on as quickly as you can. Accept change. Challenge yourself. Pursue happiness.

Until then.

xoxo

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My List Of Exhibits, Expos, Trade Shows, Seminars and Forums for 2011

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Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along.  ~Hugh Allen

Obviously, I have been hunting for exhibits, expos, trade shows, seminars and forums that I can go to this year. This is of course to help me upgrade myself with new skills, information and to expand my network (a.k.a. handing out our Wedding Wizards’ business card!).

So without further ado, here is my list of events that I am planning to go to (and if I didn’t show up, there are some obvious reasons…lol) :

starting this MARCH 2011:

March 4-5 ~ World Forex Expo Philippines at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel

March 4-6 ~ Babae: Kapuso Ka Ng Bayan: Women Entrepreneurship at the World Trade Center (by GMA7 and GoNegosyo)

March 12-13 ~ Wedding Expo Philippines 18th Edition at the SMX Convention Center

March 15 ~ Total Lifestyle Expo 2011 at the SMX Convention Center

March 16-20 ~ 16th World Building and Construction Expo at the World Trade Center (note: this is for interior design ideas)

March 17-20 ~ Philippine National Trade Fair at the SMX Convention Center

March 17-20 ~ 3rd Philippine Business and Entrepreneurs Expo at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall

March 31-April 2 ~ Philippine International Food and Beverage Expo at the World Trade Center

APRIL 2011:

April 1-2 ~ Philippine International Food and Beverage Expo at the World Trade Center

April 7-10 ~ Manila International Auto Show at the World Trade Center

April 15 ~ Princess and Brides 2011 at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall

April 16-19 ~ Manila F.A.M.E. International Asia’s Best Design Destination at the SMX Convention Center

April 16-19 ~ Fashionation 2011 at the World Trade Center

April 16-19 ~ Bio Search at the World Trade Center

April 29-30 ~ Total Beauty and Wellness Expo at the Activity Center, Trinoma

MAY 2011:

May 12-14 ~ International Food Exhibition Philippines at the SMX Convention Center

May 21-22 ~ Celebrations! Bridal/Events Expo at the SMX Convention Center

JUNE 2011:

June 4-5 ~ The Bridal Expo Year 8 at the World Trade Center

June 15-18 ~ Manila Food and Beverage Expo at the World Trade Center

June 18 ~ Bridal Talks at the Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati

JULY 2011:

July 6-8 ~ Food Ingredients Philippines 2011 at the SMX Convention Center

AUGUST 2011:

Aug 12 ~ Kasalan 2011 Part 1 at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall

Aug 25-27 ~ Philippines International Eco Show at the SMX Convention Center

SEPTEMBER 2011:

Sept 1-4 ~ Food and Drinks Asia at the World Trade Center

Sept 7-10 ~ Asia Food Expo at the World Trade Center

Sept 14-18 ~ The 32nd Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center

Sept 19-25 ~ Philippine International Franchise Conference and Expo at the SMX Convention Center

Sept 28-30 ~ PowerTrends 2011 at the SMX Convention Center

OCTOBER 2011:

Oct 14 ~ Kasalan 2011 Part 2 at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall

NOVEMBER 2011:

Nov 15 ~ Total Lifestyle Expo 2011 at the SMX Convention Center

DECEMBER 2011:

none as of this moment…I will update my list soon… 😉

Now, for some of you who would like to attend these events, too, better that you search them over the internet on how to register or if there are some entrance fees to be collected. I will leave that up to you, have some kind of effort! 😛

That’s all for now…until then! 🙂

P.S. Stalkers, please stay away! LOL

The Writing Profession Here In The Philippines

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Last Saturday, January 29th, I had the privilege to attend a once in a lifetime event by National Bookstore and The Philippine Star. It is a discussion about the writing profession here in the Philippines, basically on how to improve our craft and how to make a living out of being a writer, and it was held at the National Bookstore, Shangri-La Plaza.

The forum featured Mr. Butch Dalisay, a world-renowned writer and author, together with three highly acclaimed personalities in their respective fields, Mr. Rico Hizon – Filipino journalist from BBC World News, Mr. Pepe Diokno – filmmaker and executive producer of Rock Ed Philippines, and Mr. Miguel Ramos – marketing head of National Bookstore.

I came in a bit late because I went first to a bridal expo at the Megatrade Hall. Well, a bit late for me to have my own seat during the discussion but just enough time since Mr. Dalisay was still introducing himself and giving out tiny pieces of advice as an appetizer. I positioned myself first at the left side of the platform but all I can see was Mr. Hizon’s back and side-view profiles of Butch Dalisay and Miguel Ramos. But then I got lucky to see Pepe Diokno right in front of me as he arrived for the discussion, yeah, a bit late, too. 😉

I repositioned myself right in the middle of the standing crowd because I really wanted to see their faces as they were introducing themselves. Although I was standing there for maybe at least an hour, I haven’t felt tired and hungry since the forum was really informative and entertaining (the Q&A portion) until I saw those trays of Starbucks coffee cups and Krispy Kreme donuts that the crews were handing out to those who were already seated. I instantly looked at the back of the crowd and saw these people helping themselves to a cup of coffee and a donut or a brownie, of course I couldn’t stop myself easing my way over there and have my share of these free treats!

I know that you are now wondering what have I learned from this discussion (of course not about the free coffee and donut!) and I am going to share them all to you (or at least what I can still remember).

#1. “Eat the humble pie”, said Butch Dalisay. You should let someone see your work and ask for their comments and suggestions about it, and you should not get heavily offended when your article/novel/script came back to you with lots of red circles and lines made by your boss or your editor, even the best writers in the world get their works edited. You should learn how to be humble and also don’t let yourself get too emotionally attached to your work.

#2. Read a lot. Read books, magazines, articles, and news on diverse topics. You should know how to connect everything and anything. When writing non-fiction articles/novels, be sure that you have thoroughly researched all the facts. When writing fiction articles/novels, be knowledgeable on how to use real facts and still make your readers believe that they don’t really exist. Good examples are Andy Molligan’s work like “Trash.”

#3. The writing industry here and abroad needs, according to Butch Dalisay: more novels, more fiction, more funny/comedic stories; according to Rico Hizon: more eye-opening news articles, business articles – because whatever is happening in the business industry will affect the progress of a country; according to Pepe Diokno: more scripts for telenobelas and movies. As Diokno stated, our movie industry here in the Philippines is declining because of lack of sensible and intelligent scripts. That is true, because I for one am never a fan of Filipino movies. I find them either too corny or too shallow. He even challenged everyone in that forum to write more scripts and send them all to him so that he can make a movie out of a really good script.

#4. If you want your novel/book to get published here in the Philippines, you will sweat blood and money just to get the attention of some publication houses, unlike in the U.S.A. and other countries there are a lot of talent scouts/agents who are in constant search for new talents/writers whom they can market to all the publishing houses. Here in the Philippines, Miguel Ramos said that Anvil Publication is your best bet in getting published and automatically get your published works out there in National Bookstores’ shelves right away. If you want to get published abroad, then you have to find yourself a good agent, how? Google them, my friend, for sure you’ll find lots of them out there. Just be sure to know which ones are the real ones and which ones are fake and will only milk you for money. (Oh, and by the way, Mr. Hizon gave us a name of a Filipino editor (not an agent) abroad who is willing to help out a fellow Filipino writer get published in the U.S.A. just send me a message, and I will share it with you.)

#5. For sure you already have an idea of what you want to write, may it be a book, a novel or an article. But for you to know if it’s going to sell, make a brief description of it – like a news headline, and see for yourself if it’s catchy enough or too bland for the taste (of course you should ask your peers to hear your “headlines” and let them comment, remember #1). And you should know the difference of creative writing and news writing. In creative writing, you can write anything you want as long as it is interesting for you and your readers/audience to read and consume. In news writing, you should know and write the facts, and you should write it having in mind that you are doing it for the people and not for yourself, catch their interest and attention, then you’ll have yourself regular readers of your work.

So there you have it, my fellow writers. I hope this post will encourage you to venture more into the writing industry. Yes, we are aware that here in the Philippines we can say that Filipino writers are “tag-gutom” (always hungry) and “isang kahig, isang tuka” (poor) but if you believe in yourself that you can do better, then force yourself into doing it. Being rich and being poor is only a matter of choice. Choose yours wisely, my friend. 😉

How to make your blogsites work for you?

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I’ve created this blog for personal use only, that was until I saw an opportunity to make this blog work for me,  to generate money and start earning…just for posting. How?

Twas 2008 when I first tested the waters of ‘pay to blog’ sites, I started with GetPaidFrom.us, Daytipper.com and Blogvertise.com. How do I get paid? Via Paypal! So if you want to try this blogging business, you need to set-up your own Paypal account.

Yeah, I know, it’s been a while since I last posted here, I’ve been busy with some stuff which later on I kinda regret doing. LOL. Kidding aside, I want to share with you, remaining readers of my blog, some ways to make your blog work for you. Check out these links and choose your own poison, I mean, your weapon to help you earn your own money just by blogging!

34 Sites that pay bloggers to blog

26 Sites that pay you to blog

The best thing about blogs, they just keep going! And now, they will just keep on earning! So good luck to you, my friend, in you adventure trying out this blogging business!

Ciao!

EM MARIANO’S COMPREHENSIVE BASIC BEADS ACCESSORY DESIGN & BUSINESS OPERATION SEMINAR

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Do you love beaded accessories? Of course you do! We all do! Then why not try to do it by yourself? You’ll be surprised that you can do it and it will just cost you a little amount! And we all know that for a span of milleniums, women ( and even men! ) continues to be fascinated by the beauty of beads.

And by that I share with you an experience that will forever be a part of my life… I first saw Em Mariano from the Go Negosyo tv series in RPN 9, it was my birthday, Oct. 1, 2007. I was just browsing the tv stations when I saw him teaching the male host of Go Negosyo on how to make a brooch and I was hooked by that moment to see how easy it was when he was doing it! And then I finally stumbled upon Em’s website and saw his creations, I was overwhelmed of how beautiful they are! I visited his Multiply site and saw that he’s coordinating a seminar/workshop for basic beads accessory design and I couldn’t resist I have to join one of these events! And so I saved up some money to finally attend one of his workshops.

January 19, 2008, I finally joined this workshop! At first, I didn’t know how to get to the venue, Danzhub Studio Centertown Bldg. at Libertad St. in Mandaluyong, so I searched the net for the location and I used wikimapia to plan my way on how to get there! I reached the venue around 9:25am ( with lots of sparetime! ) and I met another attendee who came in earlier than me ( hello Ms. Mia! ) and we both waited until more of us arrived.

Em came in early before 10:00am, we arranged in our seats and got ready for the workshop. We took turns introducing ourselves then Em started to teach us the basics. Oh and I haven’t mentioned that the same workshop session will be included in the issue of the Entrepreneur Magazine by Summit Media this coming April or May that’s why we were so excited that day and even though only our hands and some of us get to be caught on camera, we are so proud to be included! This workshop is really worth your time and of course your money, very comprehensive and very practical, also Em will not stop until you get the basics and until you can do it by yourself, very personalized teaching because he takes time to visit every work of every participant and he shows to us an example of the creations that struck him. He even taught us how to start our own business with this kind of fashion line. He’s very friendly and accommodating, you’ll feel like he’s been your friend since forever! Here are some samples of what I’ve finished:

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To those of you who are interested to join one of Em’s workshop but still reluctant to do so, I really recommend that you push it through. A small amount will give you a long, long way and maybe someday you’ll also have your name written in one of the guest list of our top primetime tv series like what happened to Em Mariano on the Boy & Kris show at ABS-CBN last Monday, Jan. 14, 2008!

To Em Mariano, what can I say? Two thumbs up! Hats off to you! Kudos! It’s been a really great pleasure and privilege meeting you! And I will be seeing you again for the Advance Beaded Art Jewelry Design Workshop! Until then, watch out for more! 🙂

For more information, please visit : http://artbyemmariano.multiply.com