Have you found the book that can change your life?

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I recently tweeted that I am now on my 15th book of the year!


I was happy to tweet that for many reasons: one, I am beyond my target of one book a month (12 books a year); two, I am reading more physical books you know, the one with paper and you hold it with your two hands?) than listening to audio books; three, as related to reason number two – is because I now have the time to read a physical book!

But out of the 15 books, I found two that are really life-changing. The two books are easy-to-read and easy-to-apply. If I will follow the instructions of the book, I will again see myself on a new adventure. But since it is not yet the end of the year, I will keep the book titles a secret (wink wink).

Indeed, reading books is not only expanding my horizon and imagination; it also lets me discover new things that can help me improve myself.

How about you? Have you found the book that can change your life?

If I may suggest, I recommend you to buy “Virtual Careers: Earn Dollars at Home, Eliminate Daily Stress, Embrace Your Family More”, the first-ever book of my mentor, Jomar Hilario. You will discover a secret formula that unlocks the steps to your virtual career, unique solutions to fix most online job problems and more.

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Screengrab from Jomar Hilario’s Facebook account.


Get a chance to peep on the stories of ordinary Filipinos who work from home (like moi). And for inspiration, the book also has wonderful freedom scenes that you will experience if you follow the instructions in the book!


Virtual Careers is the book version of the How to Become a Virtual Assistant Seminar that Jomar ran for many years. I have attended that seminar twice – one in a downloadable version (learn at your own pace) and one live event (where I got to share my experiences as a virtual professional). The seminar paved the way for me to become a virtual professional.

I am happy that the Virtual Careers book finally came out. It is one of the few books in the country that talks about virtual careers (because people think we don’t exist). I was able to attend a few live meet ups with Jomar where during our activity, he would write this book. I realized how hard it is to write a book, yet it inspired me to publish mine in the near future.

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We dropped by the Shepherd’s Voice Publications booth at the 36th Manila International Book Fair for the Virtual Careers book! Photo credit: Niña Lauren Mendoza


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Got my copy!


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From left: Jomar Hilario, Nath Reyes, Dha Teñoso, Jones Mancilla and I.


My mother has read the book right after I got home from buying it at the 36th Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center. She realized she reached the middle of the book! Go check her mid-book review.

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Screenshot of my recent Facebook status. My mom might finish the book tomorrow.

If you think this book is for you, then go get your copy at the 36th Manila International Book Fair happening at the SMX Convention Center from 16 to 20 September 2015. Go to the booth of Shepherd’s Voice Publications in Aisle K (K for Kerygma!). Who knows? You might get to talk to my mentor, too!

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You might want to check the blurb at the back cover of the book. ;)

What #AlDub is teaching us about Marketing

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Okay, okay. I am going to confess: I have watched TV in the afternoons these past weeks.

My usual routine in the afternoon is going straight to the home office after a short nap. This time around, I am switching the television on to watch Eat Bulaga, a long-time variety show in the Philippines. If you were one of the attendees of the Date with Freedom: 2015 Virtual Careers Summit and Seminar, you may remember that I even suggested to study marketing instead of watch television. What happened to me? Continue reading

Last month, I saw two kinds of freedom in Tagaytay.

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For others, going to Tagaytay in July is already a post-summer getaway. However, I work from home anyway, so honestly, I can go there when I want (aside from the fact that it is just a one-hour journey from where I am. That does not include traffic).

Last month, I am blessed to visit Tagaytay twice – with different sets of people. With different sets of people, I saw two kinds of freedom. Continue reading

How I Am Improving My Marketing Skills with iPod

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In 2012, I bought an iPod classic from Olx.com (then Sulit.com). After attending the How to Become a VA Seminar two weeks before, I decided to look for a second-hand iPod classic so I can put Jim Rohn audios, amazing Christian songs (and other positive songs), and audiobooks (believe me, I could be unstoppable when buying audiobooks, same as the good ol’ physical book).

My iPod classic was an exceptional companion (it still is!) during my employment years until I became a full-time virtual assistant. Since I bought it three years ago, I have added webinar audio versions of the other Jomar Hilario programs, videos, and podcasts. I have also downloaded several Hard to Find Seminars audio files. Continue reading

The Secret of Following Up Your Delayed Pay

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One of my former clients took a while to pay my services.

It was an agony, honestly. The client did not update me every time the deadline payment past.

I am the type of person who ensures that my payments are due. On the other hand, I believe that if someone owes me, it is his or her responsibility to update me on the payments. I really do not like following up. In the first place, I was not the one who has a due.

So what do you do when this happens? A recent webinar with a Filipino lawyer gave these tip: PROTECT YOURSELF. Continue reading

When Virtual Professionals Assemble for a Getaway, This Is What They Do.

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When you’re a virtual professional, you don’t have a chance to enjoy a summer outing with your officemates because, well, you work alone.


You can actually enjoy a summer outing (or any kind of outing, depending on where and when you want to go).


You call your friends who are also virtual professionals! Continue reading

Something exceptionally unimaginable happened in my email inboxes

I have four emails in Gmail. I have one each specifically for:

  1. purchases
  2. social media platforms
  3. online marketing/virtual assistant lessons
  4. official VA email (where I get messages from my clients and from the freelance sites I’m subscribed to)

Yes, you may call me OC (obsessive-compulsive). But that’s my way of sorting my online life. Continue reading