Work-life balance essential for homemakers

Global appliance manufacturer offers solutions for better household management

I wish I have more time.”

Hearing this phrase from homemakers is not uncommon. As managers of households become more and more involved and active in other activities, juggling work and chores become an even bigger challenge for these dynamic individuals.

Industry reports show that the rising employment rate increased the need of homemakers to ease their household burdens,” explains Mr. Joeben Gamatero, Concepcion Midea’s Marketing Director. “The good news is that higher employment also increases their purchasing power so they now have the means to buy quality home appliances to help them.”

One of the most time-consuming activities in the household is doing the laundry. There are still homemakers that choose to hand wash their clothes while a good majority find the wash, rinse, and dry cycle exhausting.

“This is where quality home appliances enter the scene. By choosing the right home appliances, everyone can lighten the demands of their household chores,” says Mr. Gamatero.

One touch convenience

What if you could finish your laundry with just a touch of a button?

Global brand Midea has made this possible by stepping up with its Fully Automatic One Touch Washing Machine. Equipped with a One Touch feature, this washing machine can wash, rinse, and dry with just a push of a button.

This function does not only lessen the time and effort usually involved in washing clothes, it also minimizes the common confusion of homemakers with the many buttons and dials of washing machines. More importantly, it lessens the period they spend on this chore and gives them more time to do other things.

Mr. Gamatero suggests, “Homeowners should always look for user-friendly, efficient appliances. Half of their work is already done once they do.”

Efficiency is key

“The term efficiency is multidimensional when it comes to appliances. Other than being easy to use, home partners should also be friendly to the pocket and equipped with good features,” continues Mr. Gamatero.

Another feature of the Midea One Touch Washing Machine is the Quick Wash function that lessens washing time by as much as 50% versus other washing machines. With this feature, washing a full load takes as fast as 19 minutes so homemakers can have more free time on their hands.

Additionally, this washing machine comes with two other features that both save on electricity and water usage. The Piso Wash does a complete wash and dry cycle all for 1php of electricity cost per load while Smart Sensors automatically set the right time and amount of water based on the laundry load. The latter helps save water by as much as 37%.

Time is a very valuable resource for homemakers. Though they are leading very active lifestyles now, they are still expected to be hands-on in managing their homes. While their packed schedules may limit their capacity to keep up with this responsibility, one way they can do to remain on top of things is to choose the right appliances.

Mr. Joeben Gamatero concludes, “Homemakers deserve a good work-life balance. By having the right home partners, they can continue doing their many roles effectively while still having ample time to enjoy other things they love.”

About Midea

Midea is one of the world’s largest producers of consumer appliances. Established in 1968, Midea has consistently strived to make the lives of its consumers easier with their line of innovative products. On 2014, Midea Global partnered with Concepcion Industrial Corporation to bring the brand closer to Filipinos. For more information on Midea, please call +632-850-9888 or visit

Quoting The Job

When you start to think about remodeling your home, you should look at home renovation quotes that are offered by contractors. The quote is often set and probably won’t change after the job is completed. If there is any change in the amount, it will likely go down, especially if the company sees that it didn’t take as long to complete the work as expected.

There are a few things that the quote should include. The parts and labor are key components to the quote. If you are supplying the parts, then it shouldn’t cost as much. However, you shouldn’t let the company get the very best equipment as this can cause the price to increase when it doesn’t need to be as expensive. If the contractor is using outside help to do the job, then it probably won’t take as long to finish, which would lead to the labor rate being lower.

After the job is completed, someone has to clean up the mess that was made. The contractor might leave that to you since you are the homeowner, but in most cases, there will be someone else who will clean. This would be an extra charge on the quote. You should also ask about repairs that might need to be made during the renovation. Some companies will go ahead and make repairs while the work is being done, and others will make you aware of any repairs so that you can decide whether you want them fixed.

Each home renovation is different. A friend might get something done for thousands of dollars while your job might be a fraction of that price. It all depends on how big the job is, how many people are working to get it done and where the job is in the home. Some areas of the home might require work that is more detailed, such as the bathroom. Make sure you get the quote in writing before agreeing to the price. <--!noadsense-->

Daikin Gives S$1 million to Cool the 28th SEA Games

Manila – The Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC) and Daikin Industries Ltd jointly announced at a signing ceremony today that the air-conditioning firm will be the Official Cooling Sponsor of the 28th SEA Games. Daikin, the world’s largest air-conditioning manufacturer, will provide cash sponsorship of S$1 million.

Mr Ching Khim Huat, Managing Director of Daikin Air-conditioning (Singapore) Pte Ltd, said the deal was in line with their global objective to grow together with communities everywhere and to touch the lives of everyone. “Daikin is proud to play a key role in promoting sports around the region. We firmly believe that sporting events like the SEA Games not only encourages but also fosters strong regional cooperation, community spirit, friendship and peace within the Southeast Asian community.”

Applauding Daikin’s backing of sports in the region, Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chairman of SINGSOC EXCO said, “We are pleased to have Daikin on board for the 28th SEA Games and their sponsorship will go a long way towards the success of the Games. The SEA Games is about bridging relationships across the Southeast Asian nations, and Daikin’s involvement in the global sporting scene makes them an ideal partner to co-create this regional Games with.”

While striving to be a locally rooted company dedicated to protecting the environment, supporting education, and promoting arts and culture, Daikin has over the years also been actively involved with the advancement of sports in the various countries it operates in. These include the Daikin Orchid Ladies Gold Tournament in Okinawa. In addition it also sponsors the Galatasaray women’s volleyball team in Turkey, the SV Germania 08 football club in Germany, a football team in Belgium, the Greentown football team in China, and Chonburi FC in Thailand. In some countries it also supports billiards and football leagues, cycling events and track and field competitions.

With the signing of this latest sponsorship deal to become the Official Cooling Sponsor of the 28th SEA Games, Daikin continues to look for further opportunities to achieve

Getting Your House Ready For Resale

When it’s time to sell your property it pays to look at your own house with a very discerning eye. The small faults that you may have walked past 100 times can be disconcerting for a potential buyer. The key is to start from the top, work down and take a good hard look at your home with the view of a buyer in mind. Here are five key areas to assess when putting your property on the market.

Eye’s Up, Folks

Nothing says a house is unloved quite like a shabby exterior. So start from the top and work your way down. How’s your roof looking? Does it need a recoat, guttering replaced or tiling tended to? Fixing a roof will often seem daunting and expensive to a buyer. It also makes people wonder what nasty surprises may lurk beneath it, so consider getting in some roofing experts such as Roofmasters to rejuvenate your roof quickly and in a cost-effective manner.

Exterior Paint

There’s no excuse for chipped paint on exterior walls, doors or window frames. If your paint has seen better days or better colours, consider a professional repaint. However, often you can get by with a touch-up to tidy up walls and trims. This particularly applies to exterior doors – a new coat of stain or fresh colour on your front door provides a wonderful welcome to any potential buyer.


No one demands you be a natural green thumb but do ensure your garden is at its best. That means removing all weeds, trimming the lawns and cutting back overgrown trees. Remember if you have tree branches touching your house, it’s a path for termites that will be flagged during any potential buyer’s pest inspection. Should your lawn look patchy, throw down some grass seed and get that bald spot growing again. Mulch on gardens also makes the world of difference to how a property presents, so grab a trailer and pick up some woodchip. It’s an amazing effect for a minimal price.

Interior Walls

A fresh coat of paint inside gives your property a new lease on life. Go for neutral colours that allow the potential buyer to imagine their furniture or personal touches in the home. Painting is a true DIY job that can be done quickly and effectively. Fresh paint may even allow buyers to forgive that retro 1970s kitchen.


In the interests of allowing others to imagine themselves living at the house and to provide a feeling of greater space, you should make the effort to de-clutter. Put away the trinkets, endless photo frames and children’s toys. You may even consider popping some items into storage while the property is on the market. Any house for sale should always appear clean, crisp and free of extraneous living items, so really pare back on your items around the home.

Once you’ve made the decision to sell, allow yourself the time to get your property up to scratch. Time spent now on clearing up, cleaning up and touching up will be time well spent when it comes to a sale and buyer interest.

Tips for Teaching Your Kids to Drive

Despite technological advancements in vehicle safety, far too many people die or are seriously injured on our roads. Personal injury law firms like Turner Freeman see these cases every day.
A teenager getting their learners permit is a rite of passage for both the young person and parents. It is also one of the most important lessons your children will ever learn – driving is a big responsibility. We literally take our lives – and the lives of others – in our hands every time we get behind the wheel.

Below are some tips that can help make sure that learning to drive is a stress free (and safe) experience and your kids.

Lead by Example

What is your own driving style like? Are you a nervous? Aggressive? Calm? No matter what you say to them before the lesson starts, your children have been watching – and learning from – your driving style for many years so make sure every time you get behind the wheel that your own actions support the instructions and directions you are giving to the young driver.

Be Clear and Specific

Make sure that you give very specific instructions. Words like “slow” or “fast” mean different things to different people so try to say things like the actual speed you’d like them to go. Yelling to “stop” or “slow down” if your learner loses their nerve or makes a mistake also won’t help no matter how potentially dangerous the situation is – stay calm and tell them exactly what they need to do to fix it.

Practice The Basics

Devote entire lessons to building essential basic driving skills. Spend some time in an empty parking lot or quiet area teaching your child how to do things like start, stop, crash stop and other crucial manoeuvres. Being able to brake suddenly safely is a crucial skill that can’t be easily learned at the time it’s most needed. Repetition aids with retention, so make sure you go over this basic skills training regularly.

Have a Think about the Route

Before every drive; consider where you are going to go and the roads you’ll take to get there. Think about the types of driving manoeuvres the learner will need to do and if their skills – and your patience – are up to it. It is still important to expose them to a range of traffic conditions but you can’t teach someone how to merge on a motorway in peak hour properly if you are yelling frantic instructions after being taken by surprise yourself!

Learning how to drive is exciting and nerve wracking – and that’s just summing up the parents’ emotions! With some planning, patience, empathy and preparation you can help to not only give your child independence but also skills that they’ll remember and use for life. Safety doesn’t just matter while they’re learning, it’s something that all drivers need to focus on every time they sit in the drivers’ seat.

What advice would you give to a parent teaching their child how to drive?