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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Max Ehrmann's Desiderata


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

My First Attempt at Video Marketing via Lumen 5


This is my first, and certainly not my last attempt at video marketing via the online website Lumen 5. This video was uploaded to the Youtube page of Filipina Homebased Moms

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Why Do Bloggers Blog?


Since the day I was actively blogging (2014), I have helped two friends start their own blogs. The first person was Melisa who was so hesitant at first but is still blogging even up to now. The second one is my friend, Sham, who just posted her very first travel post yesterday. Girl, I tell you, this lady's first post is waaay better than mine when I started my blog, haha!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Just Another Rest Day: SM, Bible Study, Monthsary & More

L-R: Me, Nate, Beb, Diane of SM San Mateo & Ms. Mhel of Marikenya.com

We all get thrilled during rest days, I mean who doesn't anyway? When I think of rest days, I think of sleep, time with Nate and rest! Ahhh! Can we have 5 days of rest and 2 days work instead? Lol!

Friday, November 10, 2017

My TOOTHful Story + What to Expect When Getting Braces


The evolution of my teeth from 2015 - 2017
Bilang katuwaan, I call myself "toothful" before (from the word "thoughtful"). A term we call someone "full of teeth" because I have a very crooked teeth. At tanggap ko, lol.  I was OK with it. Parang naging trademark ko na sya. haha.

THE CULPRIT: Takot ako magpabunot ng ngipin nung bata pa ako. In our hometown, 'di uso ang dentist. 'Yung tatay namin ang nagbubunot ng mga ipin namin.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Pros and Cons of Rescheduled Flights


Our flight schedules with Cebu Pacific this coming December have been rebooked not once, not twice but thrice now. Will it be rescheduled again? That I do not know, we'll see.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Life Lately...


Once again, I took a break from blogging (and even posting on my social media). I just don't feel like doing any of it lately. Could be my hormones, lol!

If you have been reading my blog for quite a while, you know that I take a pause from writing here. After all, blogging is not a race nor a competition. For me, it is an online journal that I can use every time I want to share tidbits of my life.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 1st


So here I am, sitting in front of my work table, thinking whether I should write, sleep, or reminisce... 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

Wауѕ tо Get Prеgnаnt with a Boy


Nate was planned, his gender was not. It was God's gift. Because of my job, I know that there are ways to boost the chances of getting pregnant with a boy. Dane and I were not really that particular about the gender when we found out I was prego. 

However, there are some couples who want a specific gender for their child. There is a thing called gender selection now (Google "Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Gender Selection", you're welcome! hehe). This thing though, is too expensive, only those who are filthy rich can afford. There are more natural ways a couple can do to increase their chances of getting pregnant with a boy. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

God's Forgiveness of the Hardest Sins


Just earlier today, Dane and I had a heated discussion about a sin that I've done in the past. I didn't want him bringing up an issue that was in the past and already settled in the past. But today, for some reason, our regular chit-chat brought us to the issue again. It was one of the things I regret doing but can't do anything about anymore. But it's been done and all we have to do is move on and strive not to do it again.

Monday, October 16, 2017

How to Enhance Our Inner Beauty


We had a local women's fellowship yesterday afternoon, after our church worship service. I'll make a separate post about it soon. This fellowship is a gathering of moms or wives, like me. We try to do this every 3 months so we can bond through games, God's word, and worship.

Our last fellowship in June and yesterday was, of course, great too! They suggested that I should be their speaker. For someone who is among the youngest in the group, I was hesitant at first -- what can I share with these people who are 10 years (or more) older than me?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NSO Helpline Order Cancellation


Ever since I got married, especially now that I have Nate, I request NSO-related documents online. It's a lot more expensive since the payment is doubled but if I think of the hassle that I have to go to (think queues, time wasted, fare, food orders when I get hungry, Nate tagging along) just get an NSO- (now PSA-) authenticated documents, doing it online is still waaaaaay more convenient.

Friday, October 6, 2017

That Thing Called Phimosis


Disclaimer: You may find this post with TMI (too much info). 

Last Monday, Nate had to be admitted to the hospital again. It's his second time this year. And although the stay was a lot shorter this time (24 hrs), the bill was almost the same as the time he had pneumonia.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Nate's Kidzooona Shangri-La Experience



Two Saturdays ago, I had to leave Nate for a 5-hour. Since it's a freelancing event, I wanted to be there alone so I can listen attentively without worrying about Nate getting bored or hungry, etc.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

5 Things I Learned at the Trade Secrets MNL


It was my pleasure to be a part of the recently concluded Trade Secrets MNL last Saturday in Makati. Although I arrived 1.5 hours late and missed two speakers, I still learned a lot. Me being late is a completely different story which has something to do with my problem with directions so we'll not dwell on that, lol!  It was a tiring day but I didn't go home empty-handed. Or should I say empty-minded? lol.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

LDR Diary: Day 730 of 730


I've used this photo several times on this blog already.

This was Dane two years ago today. It was the day he turned his back on us and leave to fly for KSA. The day when all Nate did was run around the place. At 1 year and 4 months, he didn't understand what was going on.

Monday, September 25, 2017

How to Enable Cash on Delivery (COD) Option for Shopee Sellers


Just recently, I started selling items in Shopee. Most of them are Nate's stuff that he doesn't need anymore, mostly clothes. I've had two completed transactions so far and I got a fair amount of money from Nate's destash which I plan to add to his savings. 

Shopee is a good place to sell, you just snap your photos and leave it there, soon enough you'll get an inquiry from customers. Perfect for people like me who just want to destash a few items.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Trade Secrets Manila


Nowadays, more and more people want to want to learn how to start earning at the comforts of their homes. Working-at-home allows us to work without worrying about the heavy traffic, keeps us away from the dangers while going to work and it enables us to spend more time with our loved ones with the big chunk of travel time we can use to do other things.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Life Lately: Healing and Extended KSA Stay


Last week, I was down with colds and Nate with a cough. I gave myself a time off blogging to heal and take care of Nate. Praise God we are both healed now. Tomorrow, we'll go back to Nate's pediatrician for a follow-up. I hope everything goes well tomorrow.

Monday, September 11, 2017

On Call, BRB


Nate and I have been sick since late last week. Although I have recovered already, Nate's situation got worse. With that, I decided to take him to the hospital earlier today. His Pedia said he has Urinary Tract Infection and pneumonia (again, even after he had a pneumonia vaccine shot).

He was almost admitted to the hospital, good thing, the just recommended meds. Thank goodness! Akala ko maadmit na naman! Siguro 'di ganun kalala ang sakit? Nonetheless, I hope he gets better, I know he will, with God's (the greatest physician's) help. The weather nowadays is making many people sick again. I've seen so many people having either a cough or colds when I go out. So, let's all take care of ourselves. In the mean time, I will be on hiatus in blogging until things get better.

Until then!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Life Lessons from Shoes


People love shoes. I mean, who doesn't anyway? On TV, we see celebrities showcasing their thousand pairs of shoes and it's incredible how many pairs they get when we only have two feet. Lol!

No, I'm not writing this to judge them, haha! They're celebrities and part of their job is to look presentable most, if not all of the time. I'm writing this to talk about the lessons I learned along the way that is related to shoes.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wednesday Wreview: Vanilla Cupcake Bakery Trinoma


What's good about meeting with co-bloggers? Not only that you get to talk about something you are all interested in which is, of course, blogging, they also understand that you need to go somewhere you've never been yet so you can review it. Lol!

Monday, September 4, 2017

From Head to Post: Tools I Use in Blogging


If I am to compare my blog posts now versus when I started blogging, I can say 100% that my blogs are a lot better now. Although most of my posts are still personal, I want to be able to help others at the same time as well.

What started as an online diary is now something I consider an additional source of income. No, not a big amount if you ask. I'm not a famous blogger, lol! But with everything happening online, even a blog that's not so well-known as mine can go worldwide! And this is why I'm trying to post helpful posts every now and then. Aside from that, I also want my blog to get more search results in return.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

10 Reasons to Thank God for August 2017


Other people believe that August is a month of bad luck. During this month, they don't get married, start a business, move to a new house and more because of fear that something bad might happen.

I don't personally believe in luck. What I do believe, though, is God's will. So I do not fear the month of August. In fact, to take the negativity away from my post yesterday, today, I'm counting my blessings for this month. And I'm naming them one by one.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

On Being Judgmental


A lot of times I am judgmental.

I try not to but there are times that my sinful nature would kick in and auto-react negatively on things. So yes, call me judgmental. I admit that.

But here's a clue: Saying "you're judgmental" to someone is actually a symptom of being judgmental.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

How to Enjoy a Hike Even More

Hiking is not what I usually do. I think I only do it at least once in a year. Last Monday, we had an unplanned hike. Well, for them it was planned, I just decided I'd tag along by the time they were about to leave. We hiked to the gate of Timberland Heights which is about 3.5 kilometers away from where we live.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ano ang Tandem Nursing?


Dahil ang Agosto ay Buwan ng Wika at Buwan ng Pagpapasuso, ako ay nagbabalik para sa isang madugong bakbakan upang mairaos ang isang blog post na Filipino, gaya na lamang ng post ko noong nakaraang taon. :)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Little Ice Cream Worker

This was supposed to be just an add-on to my previous post about Nate's Kidzooona experience. But I realized the post is loaded with photos already. So, instead, I decided to create a separate post about a short story of a young ice cream worker. This is inspired by Nate's happiness when he was in the ice cream shop in Kidzooona. :)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Nate's Kidzooona Experience


Last Saturday, we were in Eastwood in Libis, QC for a birthday celebration (belated happy 1st birthday, Mikhail!). I was thankful I got invited because it was our first time in a long time to be back in Eastwood. The last time we were there was in February 2015 when Nate was still a baby.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

No Goodbyes, Just 'till we meet again'


This is Kuya Lyndon. For the past few days, I was feeling sad because of him. Last week, we learned that he had a stroke while driving on his way home. He was fighting for his life for a few days until around 6 PM last Sunday when he went to his eternal home to be with the Lord.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Tech Tools to Try With Students in 2017

Being a teacher in the modern world requires keeping up with different tech innovations because today we can’t even imagine an educational process that wouldn’t include some useful technology tools for the classroom. Nowadays, there is a huge number of sources, apps, products, services and web based tools for education, aimed at making teaching simpler but more effective.

Image Source: Freepik.com
However, it is getting harder not to get lost in a vast abundance of options. As you are getting ready for the new 2017 school year, use the tools listed below in your “must-try” list to make your classroom activities more fun and effective!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Is Working at Home for You?


Nowadays, more and more people opt to work at home. While many find it a lot more convenient, especially for moms like me, to work at home, there is a possibility that working at home may not be for you. Here are things to consider when working at home.

Monday, August 7, 2017

First-Time Parents Workshop Series

We all have our first times. First times can be exciting, overwhelming and embarrassing sometimes but they're always worth remembering, aren't they?

Getting pregnant is one of the most wonderful things that happen in our lives. And most of us cannot forget our first reaction when we found out we're having a baby. Mine turned out epic because even though I was somehow expecting I was pregnant, the first sight of that positive pregnancy test is still shocking! However, the rest filled with excitement. It was a joy for me to share pictures of my baby bump in social media. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

3 Ways to Handle Picky Eaters


I have two godchildren who are very good when it comes to food - they eat almost everything served on them! And as a mother, I am so impressed by these kids. Remember Xiaoman, the baby foodie who went viral? I bet you've already seen her online, but if you haven't yet, here's a video clip (sino ba namang hindi matutuwa 'pag nakita 'tong batang 'to 'di ba?)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My Fears as a Wife


I've been a wife for almost five years now. We're turning five this coming December. To be married to Dane is one of the greatest blessings I have received from God. He is the perfect man for me and I love him every day.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Babye, July!


As I sit and think of the days, I can't help but be amazed at how quickly time passes. Today is the last day of July and before we even know it, we're already welcoming 2018. This month was like the other months for us, more of waiting, praying and hoping that Dane's homecoming will be tomorrow. However, it wasn't just that. It was waiting and much more.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Car Safety Tips for Babies and Toddlers


**Sponsored post**

Back when I was working for Convergys, my first account would've been GE Motors. Unfortunately, we were reassigned to a different account for some reason. Whether that's a blessing or a curse, I do not know. But if there's one thing I could wish, I wish I stayed longer with the account - long enough to know more about cars, dealership and other car terms and info.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The One Minute Marriage Cleanse


Dane and I's video call yesterday was filled with tears (at least on my part) and hard decision making that we needed to do. No, he didn't do anything wrong, lol. We were discussing (again) whether he'd return to KSA or not.

This 2-year contract was the most challenging years we had in our marriage and just to think of doing it again for another year or two, naiiyak na ako! But yes, we had to talk about it and come up with a decision (again).

Friday, July 21, 2017

Fri-yay + Nate's 2nd Special Number


Thank God it's Friday! ♥ This week seems so long for me. Mother-in-law and I decided we'd sell snacks in the afternoon so, in the morning, I would go to the market to buy what we need. This is just a little experiment that we did - trial and error, of course, which Dane fully supported.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

My Financial Literacy Journey


Wow! This is my second post about finances. My first was about the 10-20-70 principle. Never have I imagined I would even have the courage to write about money or finances on my blog. But guess what, here I am now, documenting my journey to learning about finances.

Just imagine a little child not knowing how to read and write. That was me months ago when it comes to financial education. Then all of a sudden, I felt the need to learn about it already. So I started checking online, just like what most of us would do. I'm glad God directed me to the right channels where I was able to slowly learn about finance.

Of course, not that I'm an expert now, I know I still have a lot to learn. However, me, vs my old self who didn't even know what the word INFLATION RATE means, I can say that I have slowly improved.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The 3-year Old's Question That Left me Speechless for a Little While


Nate is known for being talkative. And when I say talkative, I mean overly talkative. I can imagine his name on the list of the noisy folks in class already. lol. As long as he is with the people he knows, he will keep on talking and asking questions.

Last week, we were helping a neighbor nebulize her son because he was having an asthma attack so we let them use our nebulizer. The boy, experiencing it for the first time, was wailing on the top of his lungs. Out of annoyance, Nate went near him, and with an emphasized voice, he told the boy:

Saturday, July 15, 2017

How I Earned Php 750 from my Grocery Receipts

 

This post is long overdue and the reason for that is I want to make sure it's legit before I start recommending it to others. Now that I got my first cashout deposited to my account, I can now safely post about...

 **drumroll***


SNAPCART!

1. What is it? 
Snapcart is a mobile app both available for Android and Apple users. It provides shoppers cashback just by snapping receipts.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Sickness Chain


Just last week, I wrote about Dane's sickness and how difficult it was for LDR couples when one gets sick. Guess what, life seems to like playing with us because now, I am the one who's sick. If there's anything good about all this, it's that none of us was admitted in the hospital and that Nate isn't ill. We know this, moms and dads, we'd rather be sick that see our child suffer.

Last Monday, I knew something wasn't right about my body when I had more than enough hours of rest but I still felt weak. It was an unproductive day. I just stayed in bed and I even asked Nate to massage my back. My tummy felt bloated as well. I didn't like the feeling, especially since the week just started.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

REAL TALK: Bakit 'di Ka Pinapautang ng Kakilala Mo?


Sa panahon natin ngayon, hindi maiiwasang magipit financially, lalong lalo na kung nagkaroon tayo ng emergencies. Sa panahon ng kagipitan, karamihan sa'tin humihingi ng tulong sa mga kamag-anak o kaibigan. Kaya lang, hindi rin guarantee na makakahiram tayo. Yung iba nagtatampo bakit ayaw pahiramin, which is hindi naman tama. 

Bakit nga ba 'di tayo pinapautang ng kakilala natin minsan?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sickness and Long Distance Relationship


Last week, Dane told me he was not feeling well. He said his throat hurts badly. I told him to gargle warm water with salt and asked him to try to buy Bactidol if possible. He still had to go to work, of course! While at work, he said he had a fever and was feeling weak. As his wife who's almost 5, 000 miles away from him, I couldn't do anything aside from trusting that God will heal him.

I had a feeling it was flu again. For almost two years of working abroad, by God's grace, he's not very sickly there. However, when he does, I can't help but worry about him. This time, I even told Nate so many times to pray for his papa.

Monday, July 3, 2017

BUDGETING 101: The 10-20-70 Principle


Disclaimer: I am not a financial expert. We are not financially stable. We are on our journey to financial literacy. So I just thought it'd be best to share what I learned along the way. Dito kasi sa Pilipinas, parang medyo taboo pa for majority of people ang money talks, right? It's like those who can talk about it are only those who are rich? I don't know, maybe it's just me, or what, but others may say, "wow, galing na about sa money oh, mayaman na siguro to" you know what I mean? Pero if rich people talk about money openly, dapat siguro tayo ding mga mahihirap, ano, para matuto tayo. :)

Ok, moving on...lol! A few weeks ago, I started watching videos about finance and investing. The many blog posts I read about investments, insurances, and finances have challenged me to start learning about them. I am 28 years old now, I should have learned earlier but back then, I settled on the fact that we are poor and can never really invest. I was wrong.

On one of the videos of Bo Sanchez, he talked about the 10-20-70 principle of budgeting. I'm glad I am on the right track because I have been doing it already, I just didn't know there's a term for that. lol! But in all honestly, we were not diligent in doing it.

So what's this 10-20-70 rule? According to him, in every income that you get:

Thursday, June 29, 2017

6 Ways to Boost Self-esteem


We all want a high self-worth. I mean, who doesn't right? High self-esteem is being able to appreciate ourselves for who we are. With high self-esteem comes a simpler, happier and fulfilled life. We all want that, don't we?

Are you feeling a bit down lately? Don't worry, my friend, you're not alone! But hey, let's not let that feeling dominate our being, alright? Try these to help boost your self-esteem.

1. Trust yourself
If you don't trust yourself, who would? Low self-esteem happens when we question our capacity. Teach yourself to never doubt your potential. Yes, you have potential! Believe that! All you have to do is figure out what it is and start improving that skill.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Sunday School: The Waiting Game


I may not have mentioned this before, but I am a Sunday School teacher for the youth department in our church. I teach them about the basic Bible truths - what we believe and why we believe it. Our youth department is a group of teens and young adults aged fourteen to twenty-six years old if I'm not mistaken.

Since my (let's just say) students are youth, I try to be as perky as I can be while teaching. Yes, to the point that I become too corny already, lol! That is because I believe that you can mix fun and learning.

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