Ann Jacobe
Ann Jacobe
Technopreneur
Philippines
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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!
In Project Hardcore Sisterhood
The best things in life are free, as cliche as it may sound, it is definitely true. The company of people you enjoy being around with the most, those who see you through from the best to the worst of times. They are individuals who I treasure and cherish like they are sisters and brothers from another mother. It's an awesome feeling to be with them.
In Shoephoric
Monday night... for a 3rd year anniversary party?

"Baka konti ang pumunta, kasi Monday?"

NO, we were jampacked! We had so much fun for the Shoephoric 'All Soles Day' event that we organized right here at The Playground- it was surreal.

To think that all of this began from one idea which led to another. judging from the number of friends and supporters and fellow shoephorics present I can safely say that shoephoric.com is not just a website, it has become bigger than what it's intended to be. It's a special circle but exclusive to none, it's welcoming to everyone who shares the same passion- the insatiable love for shoes.
In Project Hardcore Sisterhood
We all go through challenges and struggles every day. I have accepted them as natural catalysts of resistance to our growth. They say that the harder they are, the stronger we become. With that mindset, we might as well enjoy life everyday and the best way to get us to that mindset is to treat Life as our Playground.

Here's how I view life as a playground... there are 5 areas in our lives where we should play everyday.
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Shoephoric
In Shoephoric
Monday night... for a 3rd year anniversary party?

"Baka konti ang pumunta, kasi Monday?"

NO, we were jampacked! We had so much fun for the Shoephoric 'All Soles Day' event that we organized right here at The Playground- it was surreal.

To think that all of this began from one idea which led to another. judging from the number of friends and supporters and fellow shoephorics present I can safely say that shoephoric.com is not just a website, it has become bigger than what it's intended to be. It's a special circle but exclusive to none, it's welcoming to everyone who shares the same passion- the insatiable love for shoes.
In Shoephoric
Entering almost 3 years in the scene, I feel that it's high time that we introduced the individuals behind Shoephoric. We have been head over heels (pardon the pun) in bringing shoe communities together as well as coming up with new ways to share and market wares for the shoentrepreneurs. The love for shoes serve only as a vehicle as we want it to lead to the growth of the community and veer it towards socially-relevant causes. One humble step at a time.

For this month of October, we took the liberty of introducing ourselves to everyone... still as passionate and shoephoric as ever!
In Shoephoric
There's nothing like daydreaming about your M.C.S. (Most Coveted Shoe, yeah I made that up.) It's just that feeling like you just don't want it, you NEED it... really BAD.

Well, the last few months have been a few purchases here and there to numb the heartache of not being able to own the apple of my eye. It's a sad fact that no matter how many shoes you purchase, there's the one that got away.
In Shoephoric
Shoes are definitely on top of my priority list. They play a huge role in my outfit choices for the day and I find it awesome to share this hobby of mine with everyone- every single day!

That was the primary objective for www.shoephoric.com. After a lot of planning that went on and on for over a year and with my experience as a customer and a service provider, I believe that NOW is the perfect time to open the SHOEPHORIC SHOPS to give all collectors, merchants and resellers a PLATFORM TO BUY AND SELL SHOES ONLINE. All I can say is that I'm in a state of shoephoria! Let me count the reasons why:
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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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Project Hardcore Sisterhood
In Project Hardcore Sisterhood
The best things in life are free, as cliche as it may sound, it is definitely true. The company of people you enjoy being around with the most, those who see you through from the best to the worst of times. They are individuals who I treasure and cherish like they are sisters and brothers from another mother. It's an awesome feeling to be with them.
In Project Hardcore Sisterhood
We all go through challenges and struggles every day. I have accepted them as natural catalysts of resistance to our growth. They say that the harder they are, the stronger we become. With that mindset, we might as well enjoy life everyday and the best way to get us to that mindset is to treat Life as our Playground.

Here's how I view life as a playground... there are 5 areas in our lives where we should play everyday.
In Project Hardcore Sisterhood
Stress is a staple in our everyday lives, whether big or small, dealing with it is quite a chore. But fortunately, we can all do something about it. Here's my list of effective stress busters based on my firsthand experience. I guarantee that they are effective! :)
In Project Hardcore Sisterhood
I love the concept of competing. It gives me the drive to be my best in what I do. Recently, I started preparing for a dance competition and I am so looking forward to it. Coming off victorious from many competitions myself, I am in love with winning. But this time, my definition of winning has changed. I've just realized that engaging in competition alone is already taking home the bacon.
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Reunited with my Kitchen
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!
In Reunited with my Kitchen
Life is a recipe of challenges- these challenges make it more flavor-filled and sweeter. Having friends and loved ones to cheer us up is something we should be thankful for every single day.

From my family, to my line of work, to my friends- I feel honored to have them here with me. I treat each and everyone of them as my pillars of strength and wisdom. A support system that knows no boundaries.
In Reunited with my Kitchen
I find it really fun to share anything that moves me and makes me happy. I am way beyond stoked and excited for this second cooking demo at LifeScience that I will be doing for Mom bloggers. It's the joy of preparing the most healthy food possible in a fun and creative manner- easy to prepare and delicious at the same time!

Not to be short on recipes from my ever rich imagination, my cooking demo will be composed of the following parts, each recipe can be enjoyed separately or together as a full course meal. DIG IN!
In Reunited with my Kitchen
Who doesn't like Ice Cream? It's a treat that brings back our inner kid. It gives us a much needed cool down and it's a quick fix for the sweet tooth in all of us.

When I was younger, I've always had a soft spot for these cold treats but because I'm lactose intolerant, the side effects kick in as soon as I've finished my cup, regardless of what flavor it is.

And now that I have the resources and the know-how, I can make my own... guilt free and dairy free goodness, without scrimping on flavor, texture and taste!

I introduce to you my latest passion project, a tasty venture into the sweet world of alternative Ice Cream goodness... Ann's Dairy Free Ice Cream - a guilt free, much healthier alternative without compromising on the traditional and artisanal flavor that we've all come to love! It's Ice Cream after all!
Ann Jacobe
INSPIRATIONS, TIPS + PROJECT HARDCORE SISTERHOOD freEbook

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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