Monthly Archives: January 2019

Mommy Chronicles: How to Raise a Budding Entrepreneur

“One dollar! One dollar!” exclaims my daughter as she tries to sell her wares to my staff from the shop set her grandma gave her today. She must have learned selling from Ryan’s Toy Review. Either that, or one dollar … Continue reading

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Only in the Philippines: Palusot Queen

My promodiser was caught sleeping on duty. She was suspended for three days, as she had a tendency to sleep on the job and was vocally warned multiple times. “I didn’t sleep on the job,” she wrote in her incident report. … Continue reading

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10 Tips in Looking for a Yaya Online

As agencies have increased their fees to now Php 6,000 to Php 18,000 for every successful referral, there is a need to be more self-sufficient in finding yayas on our own. “But I would rather wait to get a referral … Continue reading

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Yaya Chronicles: The Search for a Good Yaya Continues

All of you know that I have been looking for a yaya (stay-in babysitter) ever since my old yaya didn’t come home for the holidays last December.  While the experience has been very frustrating — we treated her like family, … Continue reading

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When your 3 Year Old gets Stubborn

My daughter refuses to finish her lunch because she wants to open up her new gift, a Cinderella castle made of Lego. So she’s at the floor moping, whining and refusing to eat her lunch. It’s dirty on the floor, … Continue reading

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I want a Rolex but Buy a Timex

Big sale in SM Mall of Asia I bought this classic Timex watch during the big SM sale. It cost me less than php 1,740.00 (USD 30) at 50% off. The watch on my wishlist is a Rolex. But at … Continue reading

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How to Protect your Marriage Against Adultery

This week, Amazon owner and billionaire Jeff Bezos and his wife announced they were going through an amicable divorce after four kids and 25 years of marriage. A day after their announcement, the real reason for the divorce was dropped … Continue reading

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I Work: Am I a Failure as a Wife and Mother?

It’s very frustrating to be a working wife and mother. Society still demands you to fulfill your duties as a doting yaya to your child, a neat maid to your household (which includes laba, plantsa and taga-linis ng bahay) and an eager … Continue reading

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Leadership Lesson: “?” or “.”

I was talking to my supervisor today about how he talks to his staff.  “Tell me again what you happened,” I said. “What did Camille answer you?” “I asked her why she didn’t fill in the inventory sheet as she should … Continue reading

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Yaya Chronicles: White Lies in the Philippines

Our new yaya messaged me the following yesterday noon: To translate: “Good morning Ma’m, I have an emergency. I need to go home for 24 hours because my husband was rushed to the hospital. I will finish the laundry and … Continue reading

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Format: Contract for New Yaya

Ang kontrata ng trabaho sa tahanan ay napagkasunduan sa pagitan nila: Pangalan ng Pinaglilingkuran:   Tirahan:   Telepono:   Pangalan ng Kasambahay:   Tirahan:   Telepono:   Birthday/Edad/Civil Status:   ID at ID number:   Nagkakasundo sa mga sumusunod na … Continue reading

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How I Found a New Yaya Online

I decided to try the Internet in my search for a brand new yaya because all agencies I called up in December had a low supply of yayas to choose from because most of the yayas had gone home for … Continue reading

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When your Daughter becomes a Monster

“It’s Mine…. It’s Mine… It’s MIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNEEEEE!” screamed my usually lovely 3-year old, who suddenly turned into a Baby Hyde in a matter of seconds. She was at the floor, writhing and clutching at the big baby bottle filled with marshmallows. I … Continue reading

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