Apr 21, 2011

Of Trade Fairs and Mommy Events

I miss going to trade fairs and mommy events. I really do. When I was still working as a call center agent, I attend mommy events every Saturday after work. Or I go to the Megatrade Hall to check out new exhibits or trade shows.  It's pretty easy on my schedule back then because I get off work early in the morning just in time for those events. 

Now, that I am a work at home mom, I don't go to mommy events and can't go anymore. The main reason is I am finding it hard to get out of my work mode when I'm in front of my computer. Also, I'm too lazy to go out in the morning to prepare for a trip outside my comfort zone. Most of the events are in Makati, Quezon City, Pasig and Mandaluyong, and I live in the far-away land of Las Pinas. Not so far away, you might say, but try commuting back and forth. :) And lastly, my kids are late risers. I can't find it in my heart to leave the house and them alone with their father. Poor Papa, hahaha.

But what do I really get from going to mommy events and trade fairs? 

Well, for one, I learn so many things. Little bits of information here and there, that I wouldn't really pay much attention to on regular occasions or would read online and forget about it in a matter of days. I get a lot of  tips on parenting or kids health and development from distinguished speakers/specialists, all in one sitting. Do you know that tooth decay is contagious? is just one of the things that I never knew before. Or that you can bathe the baby any time of the day? As opposed to common belief  that you must not bathe the baby in the afternoon or late afternoon. 

Second, I love the freebies! I have so many things in the house and things for the kids, especially, that I got from attending mommy events -- from promotional pens to t-shirts, books (won some in raffles), pillows, goodies, kiddie foods. Most of them are shared with friends and family, some of them I keep and some of them,of course, goes to the kids. Most of the pens that we use in the house are engraved pens bearing company logos, hahaha.

Third, meeting new people. I have met some moms that I now consider friends even if we don't see each other that much. We keep in touch in Facebook or chat or email. I love sharing these activities to new moms because I know they will learn a lot from them. And those moms that I share it with also become fond of going to mommy events. 

Fourth,--and this is particularly to trade fairs or trade shows--is knowing about local companies and alternative products in the market. I particularly love going to trade fairs. It is in my system because I used to coordinate these activities when I was working for a foreign trade ministry group. Part of the group's task is to give advice for marketing local products in foreign market  and other ideas to local exporters. When you go to a local trade fair, especially the one set up by DTI, you will be amazed how creative, how ingenious, our local producers and exporters are. And you can buy good quality products at a very low price. One thing that I don't forget buying is pancit canton made from squash or malunggay. Healthy foods for the kids.  And the kids eat them too. 

So to all mommies, especially to young mommies, out there who haven't gone to one yet, now is the time to start attending. 

Watch out for my post on upcoming events this summer! 

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