Saturday, February 28, 2015

Bacolod Mom & Baby Club Mommy Meet-Up

One of the main goals of the Bacolod Mom & Baby Club is to create a support group for moms who need help or encouragement as they go through the challenging yet equally rewarding breastfeeding journey. In line with this, a monthly meet up is scheduled to meet with moms and discuss the different challenges and joys of breastfeeding. It is in this monthly meeting that essential topics are brought up such as what to expect in the first few days and debunking several breastfeeding myths.

The ladies behind the advocacy

Yesterday, how the supplemental nursing system is used was demonstrated by Doc Kat, a pedia and a breastfeeding advocate. A supplementary nursing system is especially helpful for moms who are in the process of bringing back the baby into the breast. It induces lactation and a good tool to use for moms with low milk supply or those who are trying to relactate.

The supplemental nursing system has two components -- a container and a tube leading from the container to the breast. The tube is attached to the breast with a tape so that when the baby suckles, the baby gets milk from both the mom and the milk from the tube. This then will stimulate the mom's breast therefore increasing the milk supply.

Get to know more about the Bacolod Mom & Baby Club and the activities by visiting the Facebook fanpage.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dojo 8 Coworking Space - My Plan B

A stable internet connection is a dire necessity when working from home. However, there are really circumstances that you cannot avoid like brownout or a faulty server of an internet service provider. If you plan to work online, having a back up plan is essential. Hence, I discovered Dojo Coworking space.

Dojo is the first ever coworking space in Bacolod located in 19th street in Lacson. It is the brainchild of Cell Jacela, CEO & Founder and my schoolmate in UPV. It's a place where freelancers, professionals and small business owners come to work and collaborate. For work-at-home moms like me, it's a place where I can go when I badly need a change of working environment or when there is a scheduled power interruption at our area. It's not just for professionals, they also cater to students who would want to study or review for a test.

My workspace
Check out this cool mug that you can use for your coffee, tea or water. 

Sure you can work in coffee shops with fast internet connection but sometimes coffee shops can be quite noisy and expensive. I mean you can't go there and not order anything.

So, what's great about Dojo? They have fast and reliable internet connection, in fact they have two (PLDT and Globe). Tea, Coffee and Iced tea is free. The place is very conducive for studying or working. At first glance it kinda looks like a library when you enter, with huge tables and chairs minus the books but with sockets everywhere. On the second floor there are conference rooms if you need to take a call via Skype or if you need to meet with several other freelancers.

The rates are surprisingly very affordable. They only charge Php120 for 4 hours and Php 250 if you stay there for 10 hours. I would go there with my "baon" inside a microwavable container. As soon as I get there, I'd put my baon inside the pantry ref and heat it using the microwave (also found in their pantry) at lunch. If I were working in a coffee shop, I'd probably end up spending a lot.

The Pantry
At the swing with my friend from Cebu, also a Digital nomad

Freelancers do not get paid when they do not work and Dojo has been my lifesaver every time there is a brownout or back when we had problems with our Globe internet connection. The place comes highly recommended and I'm not just saying that because the owner is my friend.

Get to know more about Dojo by visiting their website or their Facebook fanpage. Send Cell an email or a PM. Don't worry, he may look scary but he's a really nice guy. (Sorry Cell, I had to say this. haha!)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Me, Bazaarista

Since I started working from home, I kind of found myself having more time to do things. Maybe it's because I no longer sit inside a cramped passenger bus stuck in traffic on my way home. I recall I used to travel 30 minutes to an hour to get to the office (and back). Thank God I am no longer doing that.

One other thing that I am passionate about (aside from breastfeeding) is cloth diapering. I love the fact that I have saved thousands of pesos and I kind of like to think that I have somehow helped Mother Earth by not adding more to the garbage. I still couldn't get over it though. I like how it feels in my hands and how stuffing pocket diapers can magically erase the anxiety and stress that I feel. There are even days that I just spend a few minutes looking at how adorable the prints are and how cute it looked on my son's bum (Yup, too bad. He's potty trained). Fine! I guess you can say I'm a little addicted to it. So, I made it my business. I'm selling cloth nappies! Yay!

Fluffy banderitas in my backyard. Sigh! This is what laundry day looks like.

A year ago, a Marketing company named Gato Verde started the weekend souk here in Bacolod and they were looking for sellers who would like to rent a space and showcase the products. I guess you can say that we joined the souk and I was quite amazed with the turn of events. I've met different people while I sit on my own little corner with my cloth diaper display -- from curious individuals to skepticals to excited grandparents and moms who dropped by the booth and ask about cloth diapers.

A display of cloth diapers at the Souk

Cloth diaper packs too!

Me? A bazaarista? I guess you can say that now. One weekend in a month is not bad. Besides, I need a really good excuse to leave the house.

Shameless plugIf you're from Bacolod and you're looking for baby shower gifts or if you are completing your cloth diaper stash, do drop by the Souk. You can also click on the Pink n' Blue's logo at the right side of this page and it should direct you to my FB shop page. Spread the love.