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The surprising Calle Uno trip we were talking about

Three members of the ‘Norte Bloggers’ dropped by Calle Uno Co-working and collaborative space on a Saturday night to propose a collaborative event in Baguio to be held on April 2017.

We pitched that Calle Uno hold The Storytellers’s Summit Baguio leg to the owner, Ace Estrada and the idea is welcome to him.

According to their website, Calle Uno is “located in a bustling commercial-residential area in Quezon Hill, along Naguilian Road in Baguio City, our working space of 1800 square meters is spread over three storeys. The building is a grand old mansion lovingly restored to its former 1950s glory. Its best feature is the beautiful brick arches sitting at one end of the spacious grounds. It offers spaces and rooms designed to flexibly serve multiple purposes. Its ambiance ranges from the laid-back atmosphere of a cafe to the seriousness of purpose found at a campus library.”

I found my happy place in Calle Uno. The thing that I was dreaming to have since I was small. It was their walled bookshelf that I wanted to build in time for my precious books.

Vanj Padilla happy place
My happy place. i think I could live here

Calle Uno is more than just your ordinary co-working space. The team behind it through Ace Estrada and his family is revolutionising this industry in Baguio. The Baguio market is just ripe for this kind of business and I was impressed with its long-term goals.

Calle Uno is also a launchpad for food startups and one of their mini kitchens can be rented to launch your food business. What is more interesting is that food start-ups have a ready market such as the members and their patrons to test their minimum viable recipes.


Calle Uno also has uniquely designed food trucks from old Volkswagen cars locally called “PENDONG” where concessionaires can sell food, do cooking demos and soon launch an online TV cooking channel under the Calle Uno brand.

It is indeed exciting. And It is refreshing to see people finally getting IT, the technology and disrupting the co-working industry to stay on top of your game.

Calle Uno aims to build a community of tech start-ups, budding food and  tech entrepreneurs, artists, online professionals, virtual workers and what nots.

Visit them and find out how they can help you build your career and your dreams.



I was instantly awarded a membership by the owner, Ace Estrada who happens to be my province mate.








Safety Measures in owning an iRover

With great power comes with great responsibility – Ben Parker

CD-R King Your one stop shop gives you an insightful iRover safety usage.

The stylish and frolicsome appeal of iRover maybe mistaken as a toy. It is apparent to many that your futuristic iRover/hoverboard is fun to play with, but it is far from being a toy.

iRover blackAs per DTI’s consumer’s safety requirement, it should be clear to hoverboard enthusiasts that the gadget is intended for age 14 and above. We need to realize that we should exercise proper care when using anything that has 2-wheels. Protective gear such as helmet and wrist guards, elbow and knee pads should be worn whenever onboard a hoverboard.

Safety precaution for first-time users includes that the user should be in front of a sturdy handle to achieve balance in riding the iRover. Test your balance by slowly leaning back to move backwards. Gently lean forward to thrust in a slow mode forward. For novice users, always start working on a slow and steady pace until conquering the iRover.

In maneuvering towards left, slightly put weight on the right portion of iRover, while in turning right the left portion should bear more weight.

Battery Recharging is 6 hours and should be done with extreme caution. Presence of an adult should be sternly considered while youthful exuberance are being displayed by the youngsters. It is also advisable that iRover should ideally be for indoor use only.

Your one-stop media provider secure its consumers the necessities in owning an iRover like the do’s and don’ts, offshore manufacturer and store. Thus, should be clearly seen and stipulated on the box.
Achieve balance everyday, own an iROver ! Visit any CD-R King branch or to find out more.

TeleTech Sta. Rosa needs more than 300 agents in Q4

Jobseekers wanting to get a job before Christmas , rejoice! TeleTech Santa Rosa is hiring.. They’re looking for 300 agents and you could be one of them.

With the country’s information technology-business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) industry rapidly growing in the Philippines, where forecasted growth rate is 12 – 15% annually, TeleTech – Sta Rosa in Laguna is gearing up for a huge spike in growth this Q4 with aggressive hiring of 300+ agents to support a new and exciting Online Shopping and Internet-based Retail account.

This US-based Fortune 100 Company is projecting higher call volumes beginning December 2015 through Q1 2016 due to the upcoming Christmas Holidays. Selection and assessments are presently ongoing to fill weekly training classes which commence this October up to mid-November.

With an opportunity to earn up to P19k, this is a great way to create extra income for the holidays! The role is perfect for part-timers, stay-home moms and undergraduates with flexible class schedules. Basic qualifications include 18 years of age; at least 2 years of college; excellent English conversational skills; and basic knowledge of customer service processes.

This opportunity could be an answered prayer for you. Imagine how life can be better with all the benefits TeleTech has to offer.

Daily Open House Recruitment activities are being held at TeleTech-Sta. Rosalocated at 2nd Floor, Robinson’s Place Santa Rosa, Old National Highway, Barangay Tagapo. For more information, you can text 0946.176.1000 or email your resume to

Tech, vanj padilla

Internet Addiction and How to Stop It

Today was indeed not a normal day for me. I don’t usually wake up early for a discussion. Especially if its at 5:00 o’clock in the morning.

But because Melanie Heng of ABS-CBN ( a tv network in the Philippines) asked for an interview in their morning show Bagong Umaga, bagong Balita, I did go to the studio.

The discussion was about online addiction, internet addiction, addiction to social media sites, online games and other forms of digital distractions that id borne about by the internet.

There are instances when kids and the youth are so into social media sites and online games that their behaviour dramatically change over time.

Vanj Padilla as interviewee at ABS CBN’s Bagong Umaga, Bagong Balita with Host Melanie Heng

They become passive for physical social interaction but aggressive, more violent and less respectful for other people’s rights and immediate environment. They become overly obsessed with their online personas and think that the universe revolves around their superpower to publish or play games.

The people who are into this addiction are living more into their virtual community rather than their physical world. Minds and bodies fully focused at the screen.

Some parents come to me and complain that their kids are not listening to them anymore because they choose to shut down with their gadgets and enter the online world.

So here is my two cents on this issue:

1. Decide to stop or at least gradually stop, at a given period of time. You cannot do what you cannot decide. SO decide first and be firm that you will actually do it, even without someone to chaco upon you.

2. Create a support group. You cannot do it alone. You need the comfort of the family, you need the support from your friends, you need encouragement from your peers and community.

3. Do a digital detox. Get away from computers or any gadget so far that fights your urge to stop. Stay away as possible to any screen that tempts you to go back and continue. Busy yourself with other things like learning how to cook, gardening, playing with others, hanging out with people that don’t prioritise and bring out their gadgets in your face.

4. Make friends physically. Connect with people and start a conversation. Tell them your situation and who knows you might be an encouragement and inspiration to other people. Laughter is the best medicine and the best laughter are the uninhabited roaring laughters with real people and not with emoticons or the controversial LOL.

5. Find activities that fuel your passion. Volunteer with the housework, do some gardening stuff. Make something out of recyclables or pre owned stuff. You can join a community and share what you know, teach other kids, tell them stories, start a business, look for some good stuff inside you so you won’t get bored.

Selfie before checking in the studio

6. Control your urges.If you feel the need to go online, think other thoughts. You can’t easily stop it in just a few days. There will always be a struggle. But hey, you have to resist. Control. Manage. And tame it. Any form of addiction is not good. And it needs to be moderated.

7. Pray. Pray for your loved ones who are battling this difficult situation, fighting online addiction. And give support. Talk to them level-headedly. In a calm manner. In a language they will understand.

So here are my suggested hacks and solutions to online and social media sites addiction. What do you think have I not included?

Will appreciate your comments below.

Business, Tech

Convert GCash to Globe Rewards Points until January 30

We are moving into the e-commerce era and we are a nation gradually turning into virtual or mobile payment systems.

Cashless shopping is now embraced by uber mobile consumers and its a relief that GCASH is around.


I’m a fan of cashless shopping since it is very convenient. Just bring your phone, your shopping list, look for their merchant partners and you’re good to go.

I always wanted to redeem Globe rewards like GCs and movies, but I don’t have enough points. Now that holiday seasons are fast approaching, family celebrations, shopping and movies are bonding activities to look forward to.

Its good that Globe allows us until January 30 to convert GCash into Globe Rewards points. I can convert P25 Gcash into 20 Rewards points. Just by following these simple steps



Just call *143# and follow the instructions on your phone on how to convert GCASH into Globe rewards points.

For more info, you may refer and click this link.

Here’s learning with Bianca and Pocholo about Globe Rewards.

Its holiday seasons, its the end of another fruitful year. Its time to spend it with the people you cherish and those who cherish you. With cashless shopping and GCASH rewards, this is going to be a reality.

With GCASH on my phone I can go to my favorite movie houses with friends and kids during the Metro Manila Film Festival, convert my Gcash to Globe rewards points and watch movies with them.

After that, we shop at Bench, have coffee at Figaro or grab some food at KFC using Rewards points converted from my Gcash account.

Wouldn’t it be fun to do the things you love with no cash to bring?

The promo is up until January 30, 2014. So you can now up your rewards points. Go to your nearest Globe store and load up on your GCash.

And here’s another video from Bianca and Pocholo about redeeming Globe Rewards points.

Tech, vanj padilla

Pangasinan Digital ICT Congress 2011

Pangasinan- a richly blessed province yet once considered a dragon on a slumber. It has now tremendously transformed and is experiencing economic rebirth. Today, a leading premier province in the North with life and investment thriving, pulsing and full of opportunities. Yet the province is still restless and pushing boundaries ready to thrust into the wave of the future.

Going digital
is the wave of the future and is considered the missing link that will fully optimized Pangasinan’s vision of economic advancement and development specially in its way of doing business in the government.
Pangasinan will never be caught groping in the dark tunnel in this ever changing landscape of digital technology, it has even raise the gear to full throttle to close the gap in achieving its vision of becoming “the best place to invest, work, live and raise a family”.

Thus the Provincial Government is staging the 1st Pangasinan Digital ICT Congress as its first step towards, stepping up the game as it recognized the impact of information technology and digitalization in our government services, industries, institutions and across all aspect of our society.

The Pangasinan Digital Life ICT Congress on Nov. 21 – 26 to be held at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center at the heart of Lingayen is envisioned to prepare Pangasinan on the many challenges, opportunities and even threats en route to full digitalization of its offices and services.
It is a 6-day event with all the literati in the information technology major players attending. An unparalled panel of experts, leaders and legends in the Digital world to share their insights, and success stories on a number of special sessions.And over 30,000 plus participants.
This information and technology fair is an initiative of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. and the social media team of the province of Pangasinan.
For information, please visit

Politics, Tech

This week in Politics and Digital

Wednesday was the start of the work week because of the long holidays declared by the National Government. As many people are spending their holidays somewhere else, many chose to stay at home due to bad weather.

Upon return to my beloved province, there was a new project waiting for our team. The I love Pangasinan video, we were to gather video clips from interviewees of different people in Pangasinan.

Next our proposed project for the Governor was approved by the Provincial Administrator. Sir Raffy, as he is fondly called is supportive of projects related to information technology. He knows that the society is going also with the digital shift.

And an event to showcase all of those things like the Pangasinan Digital ICT Fair is ready to roll out. This event is scheduled on the second week of November at the Capitol Grounds.

And then there are Bloopers along the way.

Urdaneta refused to accept the tons of trash from Baguio City because allegedly the city can only accomodate 10 tons of pre-segregated garbage daily. And that the 40 ton waste from Baguio was beyond their means so they couldn’t possibly accept all of it.

Then here comes 3rd District Representative Rachel Arenas who allegedly receive numerous complaints about ‘items for sale’ for teachers in DepEd. Oh, so here she is again. The congresswoman who learned only now that there were such commodities inside DepEd. Where has she been all this time? Was she with Aling Gloria in St. Lukes Hospital? She was reportedly not seen in her district in times of typhoons etc. I didn’t know she is into investigative activities lately.

I can only wish well for her new trip.

It seems that the controversial ‘Daungan sa Dawel‘ called by Sunday Punch Publisher Ermin Garcia Jr. as ‘white elephant’ is under his microscopic watch. Read his column on his paper and you’ll know why. What will happen to the highly publicized Dawel River Cruise if the project pushes through but the contractor can not reimburse his expenses? ZOMG.

Blind Item:


There is this employee in the C who does nothing substantial at all in the office all day long. She opens her facebook account and thats it until the day retires. She was tasked to help the Boss improve his image but she is so- clueless about what needs to be done.

Instead of cooperating with her officemates, she sows seeds of intrigue and divisiveness. That is why her teammates simply avoid her face. She goes around the offices and spreads hate and rumors about her co-workers.

Instead of focusing on her work, she spends time concocting gossip about the people around who are so busy doing the works supposedly assigned to her.

Who is this employee who goes around rumor mongering and bitching others in their office ? She is avoided by highly productive people. She is bitter of others’ accomplishments. Clue: She is the supervisor of the . Useless. Headless. Chicken. Organization