Christmas Visit to White Cross Children’s Home (photos)

We visited the White Cross Children’s Home in San Juan, Philippines a couple months ago and I posted a blog post with some photos from the trip. Back in Vancouver, my Mom attended her friends Christmas luncheon where every year they raise some money for a different charity. This year, they decided the funds raised would be for the White Cross Children’s Home they saw in the blog post. They raised $610.00 (approx. P23,000) and sent it over the the Philippines and we turned into the following based on a list of items the orphanage said they were in need of:

20 KG Infant formula
12 KG laundry detergent
16 laundry bars
316 diapers
8kg quaker oatmeal
5kg Milo (chocolate milk with vitamins)
6 L of Canola oil
25KG Rice
10.8 KG luncheon meat
6.24 kg corned beef
2 Gallon Vinegar
2 Gallon Soy sause
4 boxes of infant Tempra (Tylenol equivalent)

This is what that looks like: 10644741_921510211195382_3660607916383302853_nSome of the PayrollHero team went to deliver the items as well as spend some time with the babies. The following are photos from the day. The day actually started the night before with a trip to the SM Supermarket to purchase the goods. Luckily, some of Santa’s elves were there to help us pack it all up: 10358742_921509987862071_2861782381369270838_n 10407152_921510067862063_7048931164953625245_nA nice service from SM, they will bring your groceries home for you. 10846401_921510104528726_2953275988588152085_n 10850078_921510134528723_7762630649173660666_nBy home, I mean, right to the front door. 10881477_921510141195389_3673801381264995875_nAt White Cross, we were greeted by the smiling staff who graciously accepted the donations and gave us a quick tour of the facility. They have exactly 100 children in their care. 10301186_921510257862044_1818016987574503545_nAnd the age breakdowns are as follows 10425156_921510881195315_7295058396343869393_nIn the nursery were 19 children, 13 boys and 6 girls. 6 of which were available for adoption. The rest in temporary care while their mothers get back on their feet. 1975200_921510957861974_4327711313010112562_nSome of the PayrollHero team (and Paul from Kalibrr) came along to cuddle with the babies. 10881673_921510784528658_8626768627526209353_n 10847910_921510697862000_5409228537063828005_n 10690147_921510341195369_1470297935264366096_n 10689558_921510244528712_8855626456702011711_n 10525806_921510441195359_254805638133853599_n 10487253_921510521195351_5138144495137728962_n 10305601_921510371195366_3591869947959442060_n 1505467_921510544528682_3771907504388170926_nIf you need something to do one day, or want to do help White Cross, they desperately need donations, but more importantly, the babies need to be held. It is that simple. So, check them out online, you need to let them know you want to come in advance but they are welcoming to people that want to play with the kids, hold the babies, drop off donations, etc.

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Adventure Engineer from the Philippines arrives in Canada


Another one of PayrollHero’s Adventure Engineers has arrived in Canada. Nico Suria, a Philippine native has moved over to our Whistler office as part of his quest for Canadian Residency. I sent Nico a few questions about his experience thus far (he has been there about 1 week) and here is what he had to say:

1. What was the biggest shock when coming to Canada?
A lot of us Asians, especially ones that haven’t been to Canada before, will say the cold. I’ve spent some time in Ontario as a kid so I don’t have the same problem. But.. yup, it was still the cold. 

Also being able to drink directly from the tap. Melted glacier water is yummy.

2. How do you like the weather?
You really just have to dress correctly and, once I got used to it, I had a great time walking around and just enjoying the sights. There’s something about walking the streets of a city like Vancouver or the forest paths of Whistler, all bundled up and with your breath fogging that I find really pleasant.

3. What do you think of Vancouver?
Rainy. I didn’t get to really go out a lot outside Yaletown, and it was only sunny for an hour the whole time I was there but when it did, it was lovely. Looked like there were lots of interesting places and people everywhere.

4. What do you think of Whistler?
I’ve never lived in a small town but I can definitely say that I like it. The weather’s cold but the people are warm and friendly. The place itself is quite beautiful. They’ve done a great job of designing the town to complement nature instead of just building on top of it. All of this and I’ve never even visited the mountains themselves – which people spend heaps of money just to be around of.

5. What do you miss about the Philippines?
Mostly my family and friends. The food (and prices) too.

6. What Filipino thing did you find in Canada that shocked you? 
Well, Filipino’s themselves! They everywhere. I needed a single envelope for mail but the post office only sold them in 50′s so I went to the UPS store to see if they sold singles. The guy just asked me in Tagalog how many I needed and gave it to me for free.

7. How was the process of getting setup? (SIN number, bank, etc)
Let me just say this: with nobody to show me around much less serve as my ‘fixer‘, I was able to 1) Get a post-paid mobile plan with great data, 2) Get a Social Insurance Number, and 3) Open a bank account – all within 12 hours.


Read more about our Adventure Engineers here.

What is an Adventure Engineer, watch below;

We are always hiring.

Singapore Payroll Update

We announced at the start of November that we will be expanding our payroll platform into the Singapore market soon. Since that announcement we have held a couple Charter Client Events in Singapore where business owners, HR managers and payroll professionals can learn more about our platform and how it will function for the Singapore market. These events have been a big success and we will be holding one more before our official launch into Singapore. So, if you are interested in learning more about PayrollHero’s Singapore payroll platform, contact us now. Our next event will be early January 2015 and space is very limited.

Singapore Payroll Software by PayrollHero

15 Reasons Why You Should Use PayrollHero’s TeamClock iOS

Here are 15 reasons why you should use PayrollHero’s TeamClock iOS for your time and attendance needs.

  1. Simple, easy to use Time and Attendance tool
  2. It can function offline (for when you have internet interruptions)
  3. Kiosk Mode can include Customer Feedback tool
  4. Kisok Mode can include Apply for a Job tool
  5. Managers can edit schedules right through the app
  6. You can lock down the iPad with Guided Mode (free, part of Apple’s iOS) so employees and customers can’t access other apps
  7. Quality hardware that has the power to operate quickly
  8. Fantastic camera that takes perfect photos
  9. Employees can see their past clock photos on the home screen
  10. Employees can view their upcoming schedules
  11. TeamClock can be set to auto-update
  12. Wifi and cellular option
  13. PayrollHero releases new feature to iOS first
  14. PunchClocks are prone to fraud (ie. buddy punching)
  15. Bio-metric machines are built for a single purpose

Need more reasons? Contact us and we would be pleased to speak with you about your needs and how PayrollHero can help.

12 Reasons Why Emerging Markets Rock

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Most software as a service (SaaS) companies focus on the US market, or other western countries with little regard for emerging markets. While there are definitely challenges with focusing on emerging markets (internet, power, traffic, corruption, to name a few) there are some big advantages.

For example, the above photo was taken at a department store in the Philippines. In this photo, of one of the many areas of the 3 floor department store has no less than 12 employees. For a company like PayrollHero that charges based on employee count, you can see why we like emerging markets. In Canada or the US, if I took the same photo, you would be lucky to see 1 employee.

But it is not all as easy as it seems. These employees are actually not employees of the department store but rather merchandisers who work directly for the brands they are standing beside. So while you might see 12 employees, they most likely work for 12 different companies. Making selling a product or service to them a bit more of a challenge.

But still, employee counts in restaurants, retail, etc are usually much higher in emerging markets due to the cost of labour.

Would you like to learn more about PayrollHero? Contact us and we would be pleased to speak further or visit our country specific websites; Philippines, Singapore with the rest coming soon.

Recap: Youth Entrepreneurship Congress, Naga, Philippines

I had the honour of being invited by the Camarines Sur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CSCCI) in Naga, Philippines to speak at their 1st Annual Youth Entrepreneurship Congress Conference. It was an amazing event with over 1000 in attendance from all over the region. My talk was on techno-entrepreneurship in which I told the story of how Mike and I started out working together and how we have progressed over the pat 14 years.

Youth Entrepreneurship Congress, Naga, PhilippinesMy friend and EO forummate Carlo Buenaflor who is the CEO of Bigg’s Diner (check it out, great food) and the Honorary Consul of Spain for Bicol also setup a private event at his residence with a few of the regions top technology startups. It was an intimate event where we got to chat a bit about the region, the challenges of running a startup in a province of the Philippines and how we came to be a payroll platform for emerging markets. All in all an awesome weekend.
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Where Is Whistler, BC, Canada?

Over in Southeast Asia when we say one of our offices is in Whistler, they are usually quite surprised. Surprised that a technology startup would/could situate some of its team members there and have it work. (see: #AdventureEngineers) But, sometimes, people look at me and simple ask – Where is Whistler?

From Southeast Asia…. it is over there on the top right…

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Right here…

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But if you are new to Canada, here is how Tom Brokaw explained Canada to Americans during the 2010 Winter Olympics:

Here is how the British Columbia (BC) government markets BC to tourists all over the world:

And here is the biggest city in British Columbia, Vancouver:

Finally, here is Whistler:

Remember, we are always hiring #AdventureEngineers in Whistler, Singapore or Manila:

Adventure Engineers Scatter This Weekend

Our team has been full on the past few months so a few of them took this weekend to see the sights around the region. The timing was was a coincident, but we have PayrollHero #AdventureEngineers in 7 cities around the world today. They are in Hong Kong, Shenyang China, Whistler Canada, Singapore, Manila Philippines, Cebu Philippines and Squamish Canada. Below are a few pictures from their adventures.

Nico Suria is in Hong Kong along with Kieran Peppiatt and their girlfriends seeing the sights, doing a little shopping and taking in some of the local culture.

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(Nico in Hong Kong)

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IMG_0539.JPG(Kieran Peppiatt in Hong Kong)

Bram Whillock, the very definition of #AdventureEngineer takes his outdoor time to the next level. Today, he can be found in the far off peeks of Whistler mountain in Canada.
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Aidan Sullivan is in Shenyang, China which is one hour north of Beijing. Shenyang is one of China’s very polluted cities as you can see from the picture below.
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(Aidan Sullivan in Shenyang, China)china adventure engineer

(pollution in Shenyang, China)
vince paca in cebu(Vince Paca in Cebu, Philippines)
singapore payroll guys(Michael Stephenson and Adam Baechler in Singapore)

Are you looking to join a hard working team? We are looking for a few people to join our team. Roles available: Event Manager, Content Writer, Ruby on Rails Engineer, Customer Service Specialist, Business Development and Marketing Manager.

Watch our Adventure Engineering video below to learn more about us…