Ann Jacobe
Ann Jacobe
Technopreneur
Philippines
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In Shoephoric
There are shoes that come my way that I like but can do without. I just let the feeling pass and I'm OK.

On the other hand, there are THOSE PAIRS that get you. Pairs that connect with you, that you just need to have them.

Enter, the Black Razz Saucony Shadows. This had me at hello. Once I saw them, I couldn't resist.
In Reunited with my Kitchen
I have fallen in love with 2 things last week...

Jason Mraz's music and the Almighty Avocado!

Let me start with the man behind the music... Jason Mraz has always been on my playlist with a few songs here and there but now that I've paid attention, his songs speak to me, his heartfelt lyricism and wit and the sexiness of his voice incomparable to none. Every song is a tug at the heartstrings.

My musical curiosity led me to an article sharing Jason's lifestyle, I had "kilig" moments that this guy shares the same passion for organic living like I do which is really awesome! Kinda magical even (haha)! From his success he has acquired an avocado ranch supplying restaurants and even soup kitchens... on top of that, he's almost vegetarian which is really inspiring.

This inspiration led me to reunite with my kitchen once more with Avocado as the Star of the Kitchen... introducing the Avocado Pesto ala Jason Mraz!
In Life Is Our Playground
"Our bodies are our gardens , our wills are our gardeners." -William Shakespeare

Ahh, the word Cleanseploration-is something that I coined for myself and others who may be interested in the process.

After all the eating and binging from the 2014 festivities, a brand new Cleanseploration adventure is in order! Lechon, rice (a lot of it) plus desserts with a lot of sugar, gluten, egg and dairy got me carried way. Blame it on the spirit of celebration. (We all need something to blame, right?)

By the end of my vacation, I was bloated! I felt like I gained belly fat and looking at the mirror, I wasn't doing justice to the crops I usually rock and yeah, the 2 piece I've been dreaming of wearing! Plus, my main motivation on top of the physical is my longing for the clarity of space, body and mind.

So here's my 5-day Cleanseploration journal...
In Life Is Our Playground
If there's a detox process for the body, we can detoxify our living spaces as well. It's pretty refreshing to just stay home and get rid of all the clutter I've accumulated for 2014. Re-organizing also brings me the opportunity to appreciate again what I have.

Here are some awesome benefits of decluttering/organizing for 2015!
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Shoephoric
In Shoephoric
There are shoes that come my way that I like but can do without. I just let the feeling pass and I'm OK.

On the other hand, there are THOSE PAIRS that get you. Pairs that connect with you, that you just need to have them.

Enter, the Black Razz Saucony Shadows. This had me at hello. Once I saw them, I couldn't resist.
In Shoephoric
I consider shoes as signs for great things to come! This week, my shoe review is dedicated to a man of pure grit and talent, a prime example of determination magnified. Kobe Bryant has been reported to have surpassed Michael Jordan's scoring legacy, reaching a whopping 32,293 points! Kobe is an inspiration! The man's consistency doesn't just reflect in his scoring abilities, but his beautiful sneakers as well, same as the case with his "Prelude" series. 4 pairs from the pack have landed a spot in my shoeseum!
In Shoephoric
We all have a case of Collector's Frenzy, in my case, I have a very strong craving for shoes! It's a fun passion of mine which led me to meet so many interesting collectors of different age groups, I'm not called Shoephoric for nothing! Haha!

Mega Magazine just released their December 2014 Issue with a Fashion Feature dubbed as "The Collectors". I was featured with Janina Dizon Hoschka - the Jeweller, Maureen Disini - the Fashion Book Collector and Ingrid Chua Go - the Bag Hag and me of course as that woman who loves shoes!
In Shoephoric
There's that line that goes something like "Shoes define the individual", I may just be a living proof of that...

Lately, I've been on a Shoephoric high. I've been taking home shoes that are comfortable with the colors to match, pairs that I can rock in and out of the gym. It's the awesome fact that I can slip in and out of these kicks with little or no effort at all. These are pairs that won't be gathering dust on display in my shoe museum, they are gonna get some action, creases and stories to tell. May I introduce you to my new friends...
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Youphoric Labs
In Youphoric Labs
Just last week I have formulated a theory...

In this world we have a lot of differences - characters, beliefs, attitudes, interests, preferences.

But despite those differences, we form partnerships, companionships, teams, groups that are based on common ground. Relationships withstand the test of time when we share common goals and values with our partner or group. A strong bond is established that resolves any indifferences that may arise along the way. In this context, we don't form bonds or we separate or break away from people who don't share these commonalities with us. We grow faster when we are with people who share similar strong attributes as us. It is best to let go of relationships that present more resistance to our growth due to differences. It is not about putting people in cookie cutter molds or judging them. It is about forming bonds with people who will advance and grow with you because you believe in the same cause and share the same values.

Coming from that newfound belief, I have created an open letter to my team...
In Youphoric Labs
By focusing on the 4cs you may find the clarity focus and inspiration you need for your business. Like diamonds in the rough, experience smoothens out the edges and brings out the shine and luster that we all aim for.
In Youphoric Labs
Seth Godin is one of my favorite authors. In his latest book The Icarus Deception, he gave a different meaning to what art is. Something that we can apply to what we do, to renew the fire inside us.

We in the IT or Business fields might think that we are no artists. That what we do is practical stuff, not art.

Have you ever felt that when you talk about business or computer-related stuff, you have no artistry in you? That what you do is just plain work or responsibility. That it's mechanical - no heart, no emotion...

I disagree!

Although I love what I do with so much passion, I used to have that mindset that I am no artist. Learning about this new perspective of art changed my concept of work and made me appreciate what I do more. It inspired me to be even better at work and generally in everything I do - IT, business management, dancing, wellness and motherhood. All of them are art forms of choice that I'm truly proud of.
In Youphoric Labs
My talk at the 12TH YOUTH CONGRESS ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Harnessing the Power of Me

INTRODUCTION

First of all, I just want to say that I am feeling so good today! Today I get to share with you my learnings as a technopreneur and I get to perform for a tango event later. I've been looking forward to both and I can't contain my excitement... talk about perfect timing!

In conducting business, performing tango or expressing myself in everything I do, TIMING AND GRACE are key factors to my success.

My 10 year experience as a technopreneur has taught me this and it is what I would like to impart to you, the next generation of technopreneurs, to help you harness the power that is YOU!
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Life Is Our Playground
In Life Is Our Playground
"Our bodies are our gardens , our wills are our gardeners." -William Shakespeare

Ahh, the word Cleanseploration-is something that I coined for myself and others who may be interested in the process.

After all the eating and binging from the 2014 festivities, a brand new Cleanseploration adventure is in order! Lechon, rice (a lot of it) plus desserts with a lot of sugar, gluten, egg and dairy got me carried way. Blame it on the spirit of celebration. (We all need something to blame, right?)

By the end of my vacation, I was bloated! I felt like I gained belly fat and looking at the mirror, I wasn't doing justice to the crops I usually rock and yeah, the 2 piece I've been dreaming of wearing! Plus, my main motivation on top of the physical is my longing for the clarity of space, body and mind.

So here's my 5-day Cleanseploration journal...
In Life Is Our Playground
If there's a detox process for the body, we can detoxify our living spaces as well. It's pretty refreshing to just stay home and get rid of all the clutter I've accumulated for 2014. Re-organizing also brings me the opportunity to appreciate again what I have.

Here are some awesome benefits of decluttering/organizing for 2015!
In Life Is Our Playground
Once again it's Christmas time! I feel special for having my birthday on December, when friends and family take time to get together and celebrate. This month is always a series of parties that culminates on Christmas Eve which is also my birthday! I think that this is a manifestation of God's love for me.

Every year on my birthday, I make it a point to reflect on what I've learned for the whole year! I broke it down to 12 parts, one life lesson a month (or two)! It's my way of counting my blessings and looking forward to another exciting year ahead.

In Life Is Our Playground
The word "tita" is a staple within Philippine circles often entailing the old school side of things... I'm referred to as such and I don't really mind it, but to be referred to as one of the Cool Titas of Manila by www.bench.com.ph is another thing, it's something that made my week!

To be the COOL TITA is to be DIFFERENT and NON CONVENTIONAL, ready to take on change without totally leaving the traditional. I feel that I have achieved a nice balance between the normal and the revolutionary.
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Reunited with my Kitchen
In Reunited with my Kitchen
I have fallen in love with 2 things last week...

Jason Mraz's music and the Almighty Avocado!

Let me start with the man behind the music... Jason Mraz has always been on my playlist with a few songs here and there but now that I've paid attention, his songs speak to me, his heartfelt lyricism and wit and the sexiness of his voice incomparable to none. Every song is a tug at the heartstrings.

My musical curiosity led me to an article sharing Jason's lifestyle, I had "kilig" moments that this guy shares the same passion for organic living like I do which is really awesome! Kinda magical even (haha)! From his success he has acquired an avocado ranch supplying restaurants and even soup kitchens... on top of that, he's almost vegetarian which is really inspiring.

This inspiration led me to reunite with my kitchen once more with Avocado as the Star of the Kitchen... introducing the Avocado Pesto ala Jason Mraz!
In Reunited with my Kitchen
Who says sweets can't be healthy? I've always been the adventurous one creating Ice Cream Cakes of different flavors and textures on a whim, sometimes I just let my imagination and taste buds fly. The challenge is to come up with creations that will appeal to even the non-health conscious, they are meant for everyone's discerning taste, especially those who can't stop feasting on the sweet side of things!
In Reunited with my Kitchen
Call it my 3 layered treat of bittersweet awesomeness, my Thanksgiving masterpiece, my three headed crown of flavorful vegan goodness... the Fantasy Mudpie!

My very own ice cream cake recipe done with 3 layers of chocolate crumbs made from unsweetened chocolate, chestnuts and dates and 2 layers of Ann's DFIC Chocolate Crumble.
In Reunited with my Kitchen
Last Sunday was a nice serving of more awesome things to come for my labor of love, Ann's Dairy Free Ice Cream. All I can say is that if it's our first taste of a trade show/bazaar setting, then I can't get enough of it.

It was all for the love of Ice Cream that day. We got the casual to the most hardcore of Ice Cream lovers, I even met those who experience lactose intolerance as well, they love the idea that finally, they can enjoy artisanal ice cream without the heartbreak. And yes, everyone was amused that an explosion of flavors can come from a dairy free "alternative" - they just can't have enough of it!
Ann Jacobe
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I’m a multipassionate technopreneur . I had my first start-up in 2003. I’m one of the prime movers in the Philippine start-up scene and I’m honored to be recognized as one of the community’s Faces of Change. I’m the Founder of Shoephoric.com,CEO of Youphoric Labs Inc and Managing Director of The Playground.

I have always been in love with technology. Growing up, the toys I played with included resistors, capacitors, integrated circuits, multi-testers laying around in my dad\'s shop. I graduated with a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering and went on to pursue my Masters in Information Technology.

You can see that I have a great love for technology. I also have a great love for. . .  SHOES! I created my personal shoe database so instead of rummaging through my closet every day I simply browse my shoe albums in my computer. My simple “shoe organizer” has now grown into an online community that connects shoe lovers worldwide.

I’m passionate about life. I know that to be able to live my best life, I have to take care of myself. I love to dance. I love to exercise. I love learning how to nourish myself and my loved ones. I love to live a healthy life. It is for this reason that I also established The Playground. It’s a dance/fitness/wellness studio (both physical and virtual) to serve as a venue to help others in achieving an active and healthy lifestyle.

I chose the entrepreneur path because it allows me to pursue my passions. It is my hope that through this website, I will be able to inspire women like me to CHASE THEIR DREAMS and have the courage to TAKE RISKS. It is in doing so that we REALIZE OUR POTENTIAL AND ACHIEVE THE LIFE OF FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS.

Much love!

\"ann

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