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I’m John Jonas. I live in Utah and I founded OnlineJobs.ph. My life is better because of my Filipino VAs.

I had a normal “job” for 8 months after college and my biggest goal at that time was to be able to quit that job. I managed to quit back in 2004 and worked from home for myself ever since then.

When I first hired someone from the Philippines in January of 2006, I knew I was onto something special. Since then I’ve learned that for most people, life is definitely better with Filipino workers on your team.

Yes, because of my Filipino workers I get to play a lot of golf, spend a lot of time with my wife and kids, and get out backpacking in the middle of the week. I work for about 17 hours a week because of the amazing work they do. However it’s not just better for us; it’s better for them too.

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The Filipino Gift Giving Tradition Of Monito-Monita

If you have a team in the Philippines and they live close to each other, I’m willing to bet this is something they would do as a form of team building.

My OFS Julia writes
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The holidays are here! Now that the Philippines has reinstated face-to-face classes and work, Christmas party planning is back in full swing.

In addition to family gifts, we exchange Christmas gifts with friends from work and school. We pick a name from a hat and get that person a gift. We always keep that name a secret until the Christmas party.

But buying and getting presents isn’t fun enough. To make the practice even more fun for parties, we needed to add our spin. We call our gift-giving practice “Monito-Monita”.

The word monito (or the feminine monita) refers to the person you have to buy a gift for. Monito-Monita is that moment during the Christmas party when you finally exchange gifts. But you can’t just approach your monito/monita and give them their present. You can’t exchange gifts at the same time. The gift exchange is done, one person at a time, while everybody sings a silly song.

The song I’m most familiar with has these lyrics:

I love my Monito (or Monita)
Yes, I do!
I love my Monito (or Monita)
Yes, I do!
I love my Monito (or Monita)
Yes, I do!
I love my Monito (or Monita)
But I won’t tell you!

The Monito-Monita is the highlight of a Christmas party and is usually done just before the party ends.

I always found it odd that we have to sing this song when giving gifts because people will find out who my monito/monita anyway, even if I tell them.

Anyway, to make Monito-Monita more playful (and have an excuse to get/buy more presents), sometimes we would get several mini gifts every week before the Christmas party and secretly give them to our monito/monita. The mini gifts would have to be cheap and follow a silly theme like “White Christmas”  or “Something Green.”

It’s like an Advent calendar that counts toward the Christmas party instead of Christmas.

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I’m not a very good gift giver, but how about a gift for my subscribers.

I’m looking for video testimonials about OFS and OnlineJobs.ph

If you’ve used OnlineJobs.ph to hire someone you love, send me a video testimonial. It can be a simple phone selfie style video. Just tell me how hiring an OFS has changed things for you.

I probably won’t give a free month’s access to OnlineJobs.ph to every single video that comes in because some won’t be usable for me, but most of them will get a free month of OnlineJobs.ph Premium to use whenever you’re ready to hire.
Reply with your video or with questions.

John

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