Ann Jacobe
Ann Jacobe
Technopreneur
Philippines
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In Shoephoric
I am a huge fan of color. And when a huge amount is applied to my object of obsession, my heart skips a beat and I feel the need to own it. That unexplainable feeling of falling in love with a work of art is something that I'd refer to as a "shoephoric" high!
In Shoephoric
Being a fan of athletic and lifestyle footwear, I sometimes just go for the usual models with the colorways being the deciding factor in what to buy. But there's a brand that's been catching my fancy lately. Their stores are staples in my mall destinations everytime I'm making the shopping rounds.

I got the three-striped buzz. There's something about the brand that draws me in, be it the memories that the classics bring, or the new stuff they bring to the table that makes me excited with every release. See, I'm all for creativity and innovation that challenges the senses and what a sneaker should be. I want something that is satisfying visually and when worn.

In Reunited with my Kitchen
Peanut Butter- just the thought of it makes me giddy on the inside. I have always been a fan of the nutty treat whether on its own, as a partner with bread or an ingredient for cooking, peanut butter will always have a place in my heart.

But coming from a DIY standpoint and my quest for everything dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free, I've created something special from the ground up. From the peanut butter base down to the ice cream itself, it's sweet and nutty sans the guilt with no compromise on flavor!
In Life Is Our Playground
My Dearest Toska,

I can't believe you are already 20! I can still clearly remember when we were preparing for your debut. I also remember how beautiful you were in your white gown and the way you wowed us with your waltz and tango. It was a celebration full of love and happiness. I look at you now and I see a beautiful young woman, yet I can still see the adorable baby in you.
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Shoephoric
In Shoephoric
I am a huge fan of color. And when a huge amount is applied to my object of obsession, my heart skips a beat and I feel the need to own it. That unexplainable feeling of falling in love with a work of art is something that I'd refer to as a "shoephoric" high!
In Shoephoric
Being a fan of athletic and lifestyle footwear, I sometimes just go for the usual models with the colorways being the deciding factor in what to buy. But there's a brand that's been catching my fancy lately. Their stores are staples in my mall destinations everytime I'm making the shopping rounds.

I got the three-striped buzz. There's something about the brand that draws me in, be it the memories that the classics bring, or the new stuff they bring to the table that makes me excited with every release. See, I'm all for creativity and innovation that challenges the senses and what a sneaker should be. I want something that is satisfying visually and when worn.

In Shoephoric
If there is that one shoe that can remind me of the good old days then it would be one that is rich with appeal and history. From sports, to music, to pop culture this particular shoe is unrivaled, its appeal encompassing, immortal and still is relevant to this day.

I'm talking about the adidas Superstars. They are the epitome of sexy in a shoe. From the court down to arena halls, down to the rap- rock revival of the 90's, this particular model reminds me not only of the ones I mentioned above but my life as well.
In Shoephoric
I am a fan of art. I love how colors combine and make for masterpieces that captivate the emotions. Aesthetically awesome and memorable. Such a food for the senses that I will always be a fan of.

I've always considered shoes to be a legit form of art, functional art that can be displayed as you move, which makes it better because they just don't stay indoors, they demand action and movement!
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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
My Dearest Toska,

I can't believe you are already 20! I can still clearly remember when we were preparing for your debut. I also remember how beautiful you were in your white gown and the way you wowed us with your waltz and tango. It was a celebration full of love and happiness. I look at you now and I see a beautiful young woman, yet I can still see the adorable baby in you.
In Life Is Our Playground
If I am to base how exciting my 2015 will be by January alone, then I definitely can't wait!! It pays to make everything count - by action, by plans and with writing as well! Let me usher you in on how my January went!
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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Reunited with my Kitchen
In Reunited with my Kitchen
Peanut Butter- just the thought of it makes me giddy on the inside. I have always been a fan of the nutty treat whether on its own, as a partner with bread or an ingredient for cooking, peanut butter will always have a place in my heart.

But coming from a DIY standpoint and my quest for everything dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free, I've created something special from the ground up. From the peanut butter base down to the ice cream itself, it's sweet and nutty sans the guilt with no compromise on flavor!
In Reunited with my Kitchen
Ah, Valentine's Day, the season for love, the color red, fancy dinners and oh yes, sweets! There's something about sweets particularly chocolate that adds to the romantic aspect of the season, maybe it's the flavor and the sensation it brings to the table that makes it the champion for pure romantic bliss!

Being the love witch (!) that I am ( I am such a master of the sweet, BUT healthy arts) I have created a treat that will tickle you and your partner's fancy...

I call it Love at First Bite.
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!
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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