Job Opportunities That Offer Good Wages

You might not be very enthusiastic about your current job because you feel that you are not being paid what you deserve. If this is the case, you are in the same boat with millions of other people. Therefore, you have two choices. You can accept the fact that you are not being fairly compensated for the work you do. However, you could choose to do something to change your current situation. There are many new careers that you can decide to pursue. Many of these careers do not require a college education and pay very good salaries. Here are some examples of some of the careers that you might want to consider.

1. You could become a chef at a restaurant.

Do you love to cook? You might want to get paid to do it. There is nothing better than going to work every day and doing something you truly enjoy. Very few people have the opportunity to do this. Becoming a chef will require that you go to a school that teaches culinary arts. However, it will not take you nearly as long to learn to become a chef as it would to earn a bachelor’s degree. Chefs are going to be in charge of a kitchen staff. Therefore, you will also need to have good leadership skills along with your ability to prepare many different dishes. It is no secret that chefs make very good money. This is especially true if you work at a very respected restaurant.

2. HVAC repair technicians are always in high demand.

You most likely have an HVAC system in your home or apartment. You know how important these machines are during very hot or cold weather. You have probably even needed to have your HVAC system repaired once or twice. Why not become one of the technicians who repair HVAC machines every day? You can start by looking for HVAC jobs in Hampton Roads. There will always be a need for people with this skill.

3. You can become a real estate agent and sell homes for a living.

You should only pursue this career if you have very good people skills. This job will allow you to be out and about during most of your day. You will not be trapped behind a desk. The real estate market has improved. This makes selling real estate a good career choice.

What it takes to be on top: 10 career tips for aspiring women leaders

 QBE GSSC’s women in charge. From L to R: Rachel de Leon, Head of Analytics; Cheng Barrameda, Insurance Services Director; and Jean de Ocampo, Head of Risk and Business Continuity Management

We live in an age where women are more empowered to take charge, pursue their passions, and achieve their goals — whether it is in terms of building a career, taking care of their family, or both. The Philippines is home to many of these strong-willed women. As a matter of fact, these everyday heroines make up 40% of the senior management crowd in the country, and they continue to defy stereotypes by making an impact in whatever industry they choose. They are able to do all this thanks to the empowerment provided by companies which champion diversity and inclusivity.

One such company is Australian insurance group, QBE. As one of the world’s top 20 general insurance companies, QBE has over 14,000 employees in 37 countries, including the Philippines. The QBE Group Shared Services Centre (GSSC) was established in 2013 as a strategic hub in the country for their global business processes and it now houses over 3,000 employees — many of which are in teams led by women.

The road to success is not easy but through determination and hard work, three of QBE’s women leaders were able to take on crucial responsibilities, excel at work, and still manage to have time for themselves and for their loved ones.

Here are inspiring career tips based on how they are able to have it all:

  1. Be organized

“I am naturally organized. To keep my sanity and to manage my constantly crazy schedule, I make sure I carefully plan out my day, which is usually jam-packed with meetings. My calendar app is crucial because it incorporates my work, family, and “me time” schedules and appointments. I have to list everything down with the appropriate alarms to make sure I do not forget anything. And I do mean everything.” – Rachel

  1. Constantly pursue learning and growth

“It is important to be open to learn from others and from your own mistakes. In my team, I honestly say, “I’m not an expert on everything but you are experts in what you do.” So when I have a question, I ask them to help me understand. There is no place for pride in leadership. We’re here to learn from each other, and everyday is a learning experience.” -Jean

  1. Have an unflinching determination

The insurance industry has historically been male-dominated and a woman in this industry will have to work double-time to be able to make a difference. To overcome this, I focus on showing people my key strengths and displaying business acumen and maturity like any seasoned leader. I also don’t allow myself to fall into stereotypes.” – Cheng

  1. Always take full responsibility

“I strongly believe that a true leader needs to be accountable for his or her team’s outcomes–whether good or bad. Accountability means that you do not shift blame or throw people under the bus when things go wrong.” – Rachel

  1. Build a culture of collaboration

“My management style is collaborative. I want to ensure that the people in my team complement each other. I always leverage their strengths, making sure that the weakness of one person is complemented by the strength of another so that when we work together, we come out strong.” – Jean

  1. Lead with heart

“Learn to listen and empathize. It is important to not just hear people out but to actually see things from their perspective without being judgmental. Empathy builds trust, which is crucial in a team.” – Rachel

  1. Know the difference between a job and a career

“You should be passionate about what you’re doing; this is the difference between a career and a job. A job is something you do solely for the money, but if your wage is no longer sufficient, you will lose your joy in what you do. It doesn’t give you fulfilment and you end up dragging yourself to work everyday. Career, on the other hand, is long-term and aspirational.” – Jean

  1. Serve a purpose bigger than yourself

“I find fulfilment in being given the chance to build something that provides jobs and opportunities for Filipinos to be exposed globally and at the same time showcase the Philippines as an emerging talent hub for analytics and data science.” – Rachel

  1. Be patient with yourself

“Do not rush your success. There’s a lot to learn so don’t rush into getting yourself promoted. Stop using the successes of other people as your yardstick. Enjoy the journey, learn as much as you can, do your best, and opportunities will eventually come knocking at your door.” – Jean

10. Live life

“My husband and I have this favorite place in Cebu where we drive to when we’re stressed. We talk to each other and refresh each other.” – Cheng

“I’m a master scuba diver. When I’m stressed, I really look forward to the weekends because when I’m underwater, I forget everything that’s on the surface. This is how I reward myself.” – Jean

“I take time to shut down and unwind at the end of the day by playing with my kids and having a conversation with my husband.” – Rachel
These go-getters do not let anyone or anything bring them down, and every woman shouldn’t, too. Like them, every Filipina can achieve whatever they put their mind to, especially when they are in an environment where they are given opportunities to grow personally and professionally.



The QBE Group Shared Services Centre (GSSC) was established in 2013 with the aim to become a strategic hub for QBE’s global business and processes. They currently have over 3,000 employees supporting operations in three sites: in Net Cube and W 5th buildings in Bonifacio Global City in Manila; and in Skyrise Alpha and Beta, located in Cebu.

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Five Fun Ways to Teach Kids to Handle Money

There is a saying that goes, “You reap what you saw”. Here some ways to teach kids how to handle their money wisely.

  1. Get them a coin bank

While young, the piggy bank is fun for kids. Encourage them to save money through coin or piggy banks. They can use it for the things they want. At a young age, they realize that it’s nice to get things through hard work of saving.

  1. Set a good example

Show some illustration of great men, who used their money wisely. Like how some people get rich through handling money carefully.

  1. Show them what is important.

When buying things, don’t let them just buy what they want. Teach them to differentiate the meaning of wants and needs.

  1. Teach them how to budget.

If you have a child and you gave allowances before going to school. Teach them to budget their allowance wisely.

  1. Don’t spoil them with money.

Shower your kids with love, not money. Teach them how to handle money for giving them what  exactly what they need.

While young, teach kids to handle money so that when they grow old, they know how to handle their own money wisely.


Novuhair Salutes All Women

In celebration of International Women’s Month this March, Nutramedica Inc., encourages women to speak their mind and know their rights. Be it in society or otherwise, women have excelled over the years, creating a sense of socio-equality that every female across the globe shall be proud of.

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This years’ theme is “Be bold for change”, a very subjective manner of approach to the present era where women are called to lead and influence. Novuhair calls for the same thrust.

Novuhair empowers the female population by improving their appearance thru self-help ideas on social media. Channeling their self-esteem and confidence to exude.

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Nutramedica Inc. itself is being led by a formidable woman, Sheila Mae Velilla, CEO & President. Ms. Velilla built the company from scratch, exerting much effort in product development and exemplary business & marketing acumen. Founded in 2004, Nutramedica was one of the first companies to market virgin coconut oil (VCO) in the Philippines. Today it is known for its comprehensive range of oral and injectable pharmaceutical lines, food supplements and cosmetic products.

At present, Novuhair has been awarded by Watson’s as the leading Medicated Hair Care Brand in the country for five consecutive years. The effectiveness of the product speaks for itself.

Novuhair is made with 19 natural ingredients that include moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint and almost 100% natural.

Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching. It also penetrates deep to rejuvenate the hair follicles, provides optimum nutrition to help combat hair loss and/or thinning of hair, improves blood circulation in the scalp which contributes to the stimulation of hair growth.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide.

For more information visit, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural and on Instagram @novuhairofficial. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and

3 Ways to Move More and Weigh Less

Today, being overweight is an epidemic millions of Americans struggle with. It’s one of the top reasons why we have all sorts of illnesses and diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and even cancer. The foods we’re consuming are toxic and we’re moving significantly less. Our sedentary lifestyles and poor diets are literally killing us. If you want to turn around your life and prevent illness, then you need to start moving more. Here are some tips to help you start losing weight.

Drive Less, Walk More

If you have the option to walk to a place, then do it. You should try walking everywhere feasible, including your mailbox and corner store. If you go to school, opt to walk across campus to classes versus driving. Or if it’s too far, you can ride your bike. This counts as exercise as well. If your car breaks down, don’t fret. Use your two legs until you can get the parts you need from Autozone.

Ride Your Bike

If you don’t own a bike, some communities have rentals you can pick up. You’d be amazed at how far you can go on a bike once you start riding. It’s not as bad as walking, and still allows you to burn a ton of calories. Your bike can be used to buy groceries from the local store or to meet up with friends at the movie theater.

 Buy a Pedometer

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 One way to ensure you’re moving enough is to track how many steps you’re taking each day. There are a variety of pedometers on the market you can use. Some have high-tech features that allow you to keep track of your progress. Use the device to find out how many steps you normally take, then add on 1,000 steps. Every other week, you can add another 500 or so steps until you reach about 10,000 steps. The more steps you take, the better, so never stop pushing!

 There are various other ways you can continue losing weight, such as by taking the stairs versus the elevator or escalator and walking around during your lunch break at work. Continue searching for ways to move more and you’ll lose weight in no time!

Setting Up an Indoor Garden

Having a small area where you can put some greens and ornaments is the fad in many home channels today. More and more succulents and indoor plant hobbyist are showing off their pocket gardens to the envy of many followers. A few green marvels easily brighten up any room. There is no hard or fast rule in setting up an indoor garden. You can simply collect a few and put them together in a wooden tray as you would arrange a flower bouquet. They also look good in window sills, kitchen windows and the study area. Be sure to choose plants that need little care and maintenance so you won’t have to worry about them every day.

I am going to post my own indoor garden soon! Watch out for it!

Attitude of Gratitude

Most of us can think of loads of different ways that our lives could be better. In fact, it’s often a conversation we are willing to have with as many people as we can, as long as they will listen. Although there’s nothing wrong with wanting more and striving to get more, there’s a lot to be said about what we already have. Learning to practice an attitude of gratitude seems to amplify what we have and make it enough, as we strive for more. However, there’s something to be said about appreciating what we already have. The benefits abound.
The Hope, Happiness, and Health Factor

<a href=”″>Grateful people</a> are happier people. They have more hope and enjoy the moments that make up the content of their lives. On top of these wonderful benefits, they tend to be healthier people in general. They take care of themselves and tend to have fewer aches and pains. Because they tend to be happy with what they have, those 100% long staple cotton sheets are the equivalent of 3000 thread count sheets for them. They are willing to enjoy what they have on the way to building a better life.
Grateful People are More Helpful & Empathetic

People that appreciate what they have are often more helpful towards others and less judgmental and aggressive. Instead, they tend to be the types of people that put themselves in other people’s shoes and show more empathy.
Grateful People Possess a Strong Resilience

Grateful people have a mental strength that allows them to get through and overcome difficult obstacles. Even Vietnam Vets who exercised an attitude of gratitude had fewer incidences of post-traumatic stress syndrome than those who didn’t. Gratitude has a magical way of padding our experiences by creating a buffer between us and the world. This buffer allows us to give thanks for what we have and wraps us in loving protection so that we are able to better weather the storms in life.
Appreciating what we have builds character. When we give thanks we are more helpful, happy, empathetic, healthy, and resilient. These are all beneficial qualities to have as we navigate this thing called life. Furthermore, gratitude helps us to live in the now instead of wishing for better days all the time. In essence, gratitude helps us to enjoy the journey.

7 Things About Power Pressure Cooker You Should Know

1. You need t handle them with a lot of care

Before you begin using a power pressure cooker, you need to read the owners’ manual so as to know how to assemble and even handle them. This will help you to properly disassemble, clean and even store it well when you are not using it. If you follow the guidelines and know how to handle it with care you will be safely preparing your food without any issues.

2. They are not that scary

The first time you use this cook it’s normal to be fearful thinking that it will explode but this is rarely the case. In fact, after using it for a while you will realize that your fear is not warranted. Modern power pressure cookers are much safer than they used to be before. You only need to maintain it in a good working condition and follow all the instructions and you are good to go. You can read power pressure cooker reviews for more instructions.

3. You can use it to cook a lot of things

Believe it or not, you can use this cooker to prepare a lot of things including beans, meat, poultry, grains sauces, soups, and fruits. You can also use it to preserve food in a very good condition so that you do not have a problem when it comes to eating.

4. It is fast

When using a power pressure cooker, the liquid is normally heated in tightly sealed pot thereby creating a high level of temperatures and pressure. Since the temperature cannot escape, less liquid is consumed. It, therefore, penetrates faster making the food to cook faster. Power pressure cooker prepares many foods in about third of the time used to cook the food using normal stoves. This means that they are very fast as compared to other cookers.

5. Avoid doing these things-

  • Do not put your hands or face or any part of your body directly over the lid.
  • Do not remove the lid until all the pressure has come out.
  • Do not make it more than two-thirds full.
  • Do not bump, move or shape the power pressure cooker

6. Know about the quick natural pressure release

After you are through with your cooking, you can release pressure in two major ways. This includes natural release and quick pressure. Quick release means the pressure is released immediately you are through with the cooking. This method of releasing pressure is ideal if you are cooking foods that do not require extra cooking time such as the eggs. This pressure release can take 1 to 2 minutes. On the other hand, natural release means letting the pressure to go down slowly. In most instances, you do not have to do anything for this to occur. This is suitable for foods that foam as dried beans among others.

7. The food cooked has more color, flavor and more nutrients

Low liquid levels and fast cooking times normally make the flavors vibrant and the color intact and generally allows less time for minerals or vitamins to come out of the food. This means as compared to other cookers the food is much more tasteful.




7 Winter Decorations That Aren’t Related to Christmas

How do you decorate your home once Santa has come and gone? It can be difficult to find cheerful, festive decorations that aren’t centered around the holidays, so here are just a few ideas for stylish interior design even after New Year’s Eve.

1. Painted Fruit

Fake apples will never go bad, and as a bonus, they can be painted with all sorts of winter-themed designs. Make them gold and silver for a regal centerpiece; paint them with snowflakes to reflect the sky outside; personalize them with names, dates and fingerprints for the kids.

2. Dried Flowers

Dried flowers serve two purposes. Not only are they unique decorative elements that can be arranged behind glass frames or in festive bouquets, but they’re also perfect for wintertime when the frost would kill a living plant.

3. Tea Lights

You may have said goodbye to Christmas lights, but you can still illuminate your home and yard with a selection of tea lights. Put them in your windows; let them glimmer above the fireplace; make a glowing path up your driveway.

4. Winter Figurines

There are all kinds of figurines that say “winter” without necessarily saying “Christmas” at the same time. For example, snow-covered mini-towns are relevant as long as it’s cold outside, and things like Jim Shore figurines are timeless.

5. Stars

Stars are a common motif of the holiday season, but you can also disassociate them with Christmas when you use them in bulk. For example, you can put a constellation on your window or your staircase. It also helps if you paint them colors that aren’t red and green.

6. Tinsel

Do you have heaps of leftover tinsel from your holiday decorating? Think about re-purposing it as a general symbol of winter. For example, tufts of tinsel can be glued on top of drink stirrers to make them a fancy talking point at your next party.

7. Painted Pine Cones

Pine cones are used in a variety of crafts, so don’t feel shy about collecting and hoarding them in your closet for wintertime fun with the kids. They can be decorated in a variety of ways, including paint, bells, ribbons, jewels, glitter and hanging hooks.

These are just a few interior decorating ideas for your post-Christmas home. If you’re looking to harness the spirit of the holidays even after the holidays are over, use these suggestions for a great look!

Top Reasons To Choose An Open Scanner For Your MRI

You have just found out you need an MRI to check for an illness or injury, and you have the option to choose between an open and traditional MRI machine. It is best to choose an open machine for your procedure. If you need help making this decision, here are the top reasons to choose an open MRI machine.

The Open Machines Offer More Comfort

It is not always easy to lay comfortably when you are confined between the walls of an enclosed machine. You do not have to worry about feeling confined when you choose an open machine. The open design allows you to lay on the cushioned table without restricting your movement.

It Is Easier For Doctors To Scan You With An Open Machine

The open machine is designed to accommodate bodies of various sizes and types. It features a cushioned table that slides right into the open scanner. Your doctor is able to get an accurate reading regardless of your height or weight, and you do not have to sacrifice your comfort to find out what is going on with your health.

The Open Design Gives You A Peace Of Mind

If you suffer from mild or severe claustrophobia, choosing an open scanner for your MRI is sure to give you a peace of mind. It is difficult to make an appointment for an MRI knowing you are going to be confined to a small space. The open design eliminates that feeling of being closed in during your scan. You are also monitored by a technician using a high-quality speaker system throughout the procedure. You do not have to worry about feeling alone during the procedure, and you can use the speaker system to call for the technician if there is a problem. The open scanner is the right choice if you need additional supervision or comfort during your MRI scan.

You Always Get An Accurate Reading

You do not have to sacrifice accuracy for comfort when choosing an open machine for your MRI scan. There are plenty of facilities that use state-of-the-art scanners for your procedure. One example is the Hitachi Airis Elite at Middletown Medical Imaging. The Hitachi Airis Elite is an open machine that produces high-quality images to provide accurate results.

You can reduce the anxiety and receive an accurate diagnosis by choosing an open machine for your MRI scan.