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April 2016

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10 Money Principles Kids Should Learn

10 Money Principles Kids Should Learn

Hey guys! I’m still on self-imposed hiatus (wow it’s been 10 days since I last wrote something here!), and while things are getting better, I still need to use my time for prayer because our struggle is not yet totally done. Thank you Lord for the developments and please grant our prayers!

Meanwhile, MoneyMax Philippines sent me a very awesome infographic that made me rethink how I’m raising my son in terms of handling money. He has just turned 4, but kids are never too young to learn about finances! In our case, he’s started to keep his own coin bank. It’s a start, but this infographic — 10 Money Principles Kids Should Learn — inspired me to do more!

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Personal

When Life Hits You Hard

I’m taking another ~indefinite~ blogging hiatus.

Was it just over a month ago when I declared a hiatus because I lost my phone? It seems like an entire lifetime away — times were simpler a month ago haha.

Now I’m going through another test (or challenge, which is what my partner likes to call it), and to be completely honest with you, it’s really weighing me down. Believe me — I am trying my best to surrender this hardship to God, and I’ve cried out to him a number of times — but the weight is still there.

I’d like to think of myself as a strong person, a strong Christian, but at this moment, I am struggling to even write this blog post down.

I cannot tell you the specifics of my situation, but what I can tell you is this: sometimes, life hits you — hard — out of nowhere. And come out of nowhere it did. I didn’t expect this at all. The possibility of it happening didn’t even occur to me. I know this test is teaching me a lesson, but I — we — just want to get out of it, unscathed as much as possible.

I’m trying my very best to distract myself while at work (which is not a difficult thing to do because it’s been a busy couple of days) but it’s a different story when my 8-hour work day is over.

But I’ll spare you the details. And the drama.

And rather than spend hours writing dramatic blog posts or, worse, half-hearted ones because my mind is on this, I chose to take some time off — at least from blogging — and use it for quiet time spent in prayer.

Whatever it is, I’m assuring you that I haven’t lost hope and I’m holding on to my faith.

Via theadornedlife.com

Via theadornedlife.com

PS: Wait for me to come back!

Personal

Brownouts: Here We Go Again!

A couple of years ago, we were struck with daily rotational brownouts — there were days when we didn’t have electricity for 7 full hours. When that finally ended, I heaved a huge sigh of relief. I thought the ordeal was over, for good.

Fast forward to 2016. Hello again, rotational brownouts!

These brownouts actually started last year, but it didn’t last long (or does my memory fail me?), and it wasn’t that bothersome since the weather isn’t as hot as it is now. Also, the longest power interruptions were just around 2 hours? Yep, 2 hours of brownout doesn’t faze me anymore.

Just this week, we’ve gone back to four hours of power interruption. In this heat! In fact, right now, I’m just waiting for the power to go off so we could go to our suking grocery store. Might as well escape the heat while the power is still out.

To be honest, I’m not complaining. I find it hard to complain about little things like power interruptions when our farmers are starving because the land is too dry and hard to till. Continue Reading

Messy Haul Online Shopping Shopping

Korean Love From Althea <3

Althea Philippines

Even though I’m just getting into makeup, I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t into skincare.

It doesn’t mean I’m the most diligent person in the world when it comes to following skincare regimens though, but I believe in the importance of having a good one. I’m a fan of Korean beauty products because one, they are effective and two, they come in the cutest of packagings. Double win!

So when I heard about Althea, I knew I needed to try it out. During the website’s opening, they had a couple of promos — free shipping for orders amounting to 999 and up and 300 sign-up voucher — and I just had to take advantage of it. Being a good netizen, I also shared Althea with my work colleagues and, unsurprisingly, almost all of us placed orders that very day.

I placed my order on February 16th and, because it came all the way from Korea (and probably also because of the influx of orders), arrived 9 working days later.

The arrival of my Althea box was highly anticipated, but it was also bittersweet because it arrived on the 27th, the same night when I lost my phone. When I came home that night, I immediately saw the box waiting for me, but I wasn’t excited to open it because I was feeling dejected.

It just sat on my desk, all forlorn and lonely

It just sat on my desk, all forlorn and lonely

Of course I was curious, and of course, I had to use a certain product (two actually — the arm slimming pack and the armpit whitening pack — because it’s beach day the next day), but most of the time, it sat unopened in my room. It wasn’t until I got my new phone when I gleefully, wholeheartedly, dug into it.

Before I begin, if you want to order authentic Korean beauty items from Althea, just sign up using this link! It’s my referral link and it won’t cost you a thing. In fact, if you sign up using my link, you will get P200 signup credits instead of the regular P150 signup credits.

So here’s the package I got:

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Restaurant Review Worth the Weight

Celebrating My Friend’s Pregnancy at Vikings

Vikings Davao

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

Ideally, the reason why my colleagues Jona and Sarah and I went to Vikings a couple of weeks ago is to celebrate Sarah’s pregnancy.

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That’s what we’d like to think. Truth is, the lunch at Viking’s had been planned because Sarah had a 50% discount thanks to her credit card. When she asked us if we’d like to go, of course we said yes. We never say no to food and we’re notorious for being eating machines.

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Let’s just assume we were celebrating this lady’s pregnancy…

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Me, Jona, Sarah

Then a day before our Vikings date, Sarah found out that she’s having a baby girl. Wee! So it made perfect sense to tell people that we’re going on a trip to food-coma-land to celebrate.

And not because of the 50% discount.

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Product Review

The Phone Worth P888 (MyPhone 28S)

Smart MyPhone 28s

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

More than a month ago, our neighbour posted on Facebook a rare find she discovered at Gaisano Mall. It was a phone sold by Smart Communications for only P888. I had to rub my eyes because I had to be reading it incorrectly. But it was really priced at only P888. Sure it was not the most fab phone out there, but for P888, it was a notable find.

I checked Smart’s website and the phone was already sold out. However, I wrote my name in the waitlist — that was before I lost my phone, though, so the number I listed there was no longer contactable so I just checked the website every now and then. I wasn’t able to inquire about it in a physical store until weeks later when I applied for a phone plan under Smart and the CS rep confirmed that the units are all sold out.

But one Sunday, I checked the website on a whim and the P888 phones were available again! I immediately placed an order for two phones and waited. Despite the reviews saying that the phones took too long to arrive, my order arrived only after four days (which is normal for Davao City).

Unboxing

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