Hey! How’s everyone doing? How’s the pandemic treating you? I’m writing this down at 3:41 on a Saturday morning (although in my work hours, it’s 2:41 PM central time on a Friday) after 3 quick months of grueling schedule in my home/work life! Man, those 3 months just really flew me by! I’ve been working, and studying, and taking care of our household, helping Mahal with the biz, and of course, being a mother to an almost 5-year-old boy who still has a very irregular body clock just like his mom! LOL! I’ll probably be babbling a bit at first about how tired I’ve been, how I’ve just gone through a week of depression towards the end of this 3-month-work-study-life marathon; how I thought I was acing this pandemic because for the most part, I’ve been grateful for the boatload of work and opportunities coming in; that I really don’t have the right to be sad because I am still VERY blessed. We are still alive, healthy, productive, and living good lives considering the world situation we are in. And after those 3 months of being on blogging hiatus, I feel like I’ve just come up for air… I’m starting to feel alive again; I’m starting to make new plans for the future… Anyway, let me breathe a little here and give you an overview as to what’s been happening to me the past 3 months that I haven’t had the time to blog here. So here are my updates…Continue reading
Mahal and I just saw the very entertaining and funny vlog of two of our customers where MUSIGA (Mushroom Sili Garlic paste), one of our Tuscany Highlands products, was featured on their Mukbang Youtube video. The beautiful, talented, and funny vloggers are Jeanmay and Julianne. They’re the two lovely daughters of Cherry Mae Roa, my former high school batchmate from Lourdes College High School here in Cagayan de Oro City, who recently bought 2 variants of our MUSIGA — mild spicy and sweet & spicy!
In their mukbang video, the two pretty ladies ate different kinds of food. They had Kimchi Rice, Kimbap, Kimchi, Cheese & Scrambled Eggs, Pancit Canton, Soju, and our MUSIGA. Out of all the food they had, we’re super glad they liked our Musiga too! According to them, it added the much-needed flavor to what they were eating. We’re so happy! Muuaaahhhh!!! (^_^)
I was really delighted when Cherry told me last week that her daughters are going to feature our MUSIGA product on their Youtube Channel! And now it’s here! Thank you so much my dears!!! Watch their vlog, like, and subscribe —> Jeanmay and Julianne
THIS IS AS REAL AS I CAN GET! This was an unplanned rant and rave video. I was testing a camera app I downloaded to my 7-year old Samsung Note 3 which I also had repaired and this was the unexpected result of that test. Pardon all my fats, pls! Lol!
I also realized how verbose I can be! I never knew myself to be this talkative! I can go on months without talking to someone (yep, introvert here) but once I start talking with no one trying to stop me, I can go on, and on, and on.. hahaha! THIS IS ME IN THE MIDST OF THIS PANDEMIC! How about you??? How are you???
Anyway, here are the links of the topics mentioned in my monologue.
I’ve mentioned in my previous blog post that “the month of May has been nothing but awesome”. Well, aside from getting featured on two big-time online publications (Wiki.EzVid.com and Connected Women), this is also the month that our Oyster Mushroom Cultivation Online Training Program has begun to soar! This is aside from the fact that we have been selling fresh mushroom harvests, fruiting bags, spawns, starter kits, Musiga and other mushroom products.
But first things first. Let’s talk about Tuscany Highlands’ Oyster Mushroom Cultivation Online Training Program. I’ll start with a bit of an overview and how we have progressed from doing hands-on during pre-Covid times to going online after the pandemic was announced. Then at the end of this blog post, I’ll give you the details of our Oyster Mushroom Online Training Program. So if any of you reading this would want to be oyster mushroom growers in the near future, you may do so even if you’re just at the comforts of your own home.
Our Complete, Basic Oyster Mushroom Online Training Program will go live on our exclusive and private training Facebook group page this week! If you’re one of our paid trainees, just head here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TuscanyHighlandsTraining
If you haven’t enrolled yet and you’re interested to join, this is your lucky day because we’re having a promo! BUY 1 TAKE 1 at discounted price — P1,499 for two UNTIL APRIL 30, 2020!!! Regular price is P1,799 starting May 1.
Truly learn something new that you can apply and benefit from in this time of uncertainty. Join our ONLINE COURSE ON COMPLETE BASIC OYSTER MUSHROOM CULTIVATION TRAINING PROGRAM. It will be available in our Private Facebook Group Page exclusively for PAID TRAINEES. So if you want to be a part of our growing community of Oyster Mushroom Trainees / Future Mushroom Growers, take advantage of this promo! You can pay via online bank transaction, GCASH or QR Code or if it’s safe for you to go to your local banks and payment centers lile Palawan, Cebuana, etc. you may also do so. Please PM us or you can check this link for the payment details: http://bit.ly/3bchH8F
What benefits will you get when you join our online training program?
Speaking from experience, a week after Covid-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), Mahal and I stopped our Tuscany Highlands business. The halt per se wasn’t as abrupt, but, day by day, we just found ourselves not working on the business. It started when our farm people told us that the most recent consignments of fresh oyster mushrooms at various stores in Claveria were being returned because no tourists and customers were visiting Claveria and no one was buying. The shops where we were consigning are located on tourist spots and along the highway where local and foreign tourists usually visit and drive by. With everyone being asked to stay at home, there were no more customers visiting these shops. So all fresh oyster mushroom harvests were sent back to the farm to be dried and stored for future use instead.
Then the sale of our mushroom products like MUSIGA (Mushroom Sili Garlic Paste), PALAMI (mushroom Palapa), Mushroom POLVORON and Mushroom CHIPS stopped as well. Despite our efforts to market, no sales were coming in.
Then our Mushroom Hands-On Cultivation Training was put on hold indefinitely for fear of spreading the coronavirus.
So one day, we just stopped our business from running and concentrated on surviving this pandemic as a family. We have our savings, extra food and other supplies, plus I still have a little bit of income coming from my online work so we’re still okay.
But do small businesses really have to stop marketing? Do we really have to completely stop doing business? Is it being tone-deaf or inconsiderate to continue selling stuff at this time when no one seems to be buying non-essential stuff? Continue reading
While most of you have probably been in quarantine / lockdown for about a month or so now, I’ve been imposing it on and off upon myself and my family since I first heard about the coronavirus in the news the last week of January. We were preparing for another batch of Hands-On Mushroom Training at that time when the Coronavirus Outbreak began circulating in the media. My “prepper” instinct tingled and I started having worst-case scenario visions in my head. (“prepper” is a person who believes a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future and makes active preparations for it, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies.) That was the time I started buying a little bit more than the usual number of masks and alcohol bottles we use for mushroom training just in case the outbreak becomes an epidemic, or worse, a pandemic. And because we had plans of going back to Cebu to set up another Mushroom farm, I almost decided not to go for fear of contracting the virus during our travel. This was around Jan. 25-28 when the rest of the world didn’t care much about the Coronavirus yet, and much less about preparing for it.
This is probably the longest I haven’t blogged. It’s been so long that I have to read what I wrote last time coz I don’t remember anymore, lol. And it made me cringe a bit that my last post before this was about my health and my suspicion of having Dengue which happened before all this Novel Corona Virus, now called Covid-19, started hitting the news.
Anyway, as an OC person, I want to have some semblance of chronology about what has been happening to me the past several months so this long overdue blog update might be a bit long. Just bear with me. I’ll try to only give you the summaries and I’ll just write more about them, one topic at a time, on my next blog posts. For now, here are the abridged versions:
To continue from yesterday’s post…
After that successful early Christmas and 2nd anniversary online giveaway we did, our Musiga outlets also increased.
Although we do sell online nationwide via LBC and J&T shipping, we are also blessed to have partner outlets for our products.
So, where can you buy our MUSIGA and other Tuscany Highlands’ Products here in Misamis Oriental?
September is really one busy and blessed month! And it’s just the middle of the very first Christmas month this year… 3 more months to go… not that I want it to end since this is my most favorite quarter of every year. I just wake up every day with more zest, more energy, despite the million tasks I have to do because of the many exciting things happening for us. Praying to God to always guide us in this exciting endeavor we’re venturing into.
Anyway, I just want to update you with the latest happenings in our part of the world…
At last, the Ber months are here — my favorite last few months of the year because it means that Christmas is just around the corner, Jose Mari Chan’s Christmas in Our Hearts has started playing in the radio again, and of course, my most favorite holiday, Halloween, is happening before all the pre-Christmas and New Year hullabaloo! In short, I’m just in a very festive mood! Weeeee!!!
A huge part of this joy I’m feeling right now is the realization that I really am blessed despite all the seemingly stressful dramas I indulge myself in from time to time (lol). I am officially and legally single, I am loved, I have my babies with me, we are healthy, Mahal and I are growing our businesses and life together, and it’s all great!
And because of these blessings and the overwhelming gratitude I am feeling towards God and our life in general, I am also inspired to give back. We don’t have many material things as we have been living sort of a semi-minimalist lifestyle since I exchanged my big Alabang townhouse lifestyle to tiny pad living in Cagayan de Oro City, but we can definitely give some things to people, albeit strangers, we consider important to us, and these “some things” are no other than our farm products, for our precious target market, the very people we would like to keep serving through our organic mushroom food product offerings.