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November 2016

Lifestyle Planning

My New, Unplanned Planner for 2017!

Kikki-K Tangerine Personal Planner

I used to own a dark pink Webster’s Pages Colour Crush planner.

Webster's Pages Color Crush in Dark Pink

Webster’s Pages Color Crush in Dark Pink

Well, I still own it. However, I cannot use it because I accidentally damaged it when I deposited Job’s salary into his bank account — long story, but I’m gonna tell it anyway haha.  There’s a BDO (Job’s bank) in Riyadh but it’s too far from where he lives and, according to him, it’s much cheaper to send his money here for me to deposit than for him to travel all the way to BDO. Very well, then!

I wrote his bank account number in my planner and also saved it in my phone for back up. When I was in the bank, I referred to the bank account number saved in my phone. If you know me, you would also know that I had to cross-check the number with the number that was written in my planner (and then double check it, thrice).

Because I was trying to do everything quickly before the line gets longer, I also  quickly opened my planner… and broke the snap. Huhu!

I tried to get it repaired at Mr. Quickie; apparently, they don’t repair broken snaps. And I don’t know where else to look, so I strategically bemoaned my loss at Job. I especially emphasised the part where I accidentally broke the snap while running an errand for him. He, of course, volunteered to replace my planner. Yay!

(Disclaimer: I am usually not like this. I just really need to use a planner! My friend, George, can testify to this. During the days when I was planner-less, I kept forgetting the things I needed to do.)

I was planning to replace my Colour Crush with another Colour Crush (I function best with refillable binder planners), but changed my mind due to two reasons.

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First, I was afraid I’d just break the snap again — the snap had always seemed a little bit too fragile. It’s safer to assume that all Colour Crush planners are made the same way rather than assume I just had a lemon.

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Second, I wasn’t planning on buying a new planner at all. In fact, since binder planners are refillable, I was planning to use my Colour Crush until it gives up on me. Well, it did give up on me ahead of schedule. Since I was buying a new one anyway, and since I’m planning to use it for a long time, I figured why not upgrade?

So behold, my new planner, a tangerine Medium Leather Personal Kikki.K planner!

Kikki K Tangerine Personal Planner

I bought it secondhand, so the price is roughly the same as a brand new Webster’s Pages Colour Crush. Job actually wondered why it costs lower than he expected, so I told him I didn’t order a brand new one. He was happy, lol!

More pictures of my new baby: Continue Reading

Homeschooling Lifestyle Parenting School

On the Fence About Homeschooling

I missed the local homeschooling conference in Davao City last weekend.

I had really planned to go, but during the last few months, we’ve been on the fence about homeschooling. I can talk about the benefits of homeschooling and how homeschooling has helped Yuri grow for hours — and really, I still believe them to be true — but the other side of the truth is that we don’t think it’s going to work for us next year.

Despite the schedule that I had established in the beginning of this school year, we haven’t been able to follow it. Because of my busy schedule, juggling work, real estate events, blogging, family, household chores, and my personal life, homeschooling just slid down the list of my priorities.

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Hear me out. I’m a full-time working single mum whose partner lives and works over 5,000 miles across the globe. I don’t have household help. Everyday I do not only take care of Yuri; I also assist the rest of the family, especially my dad who undergoes dialysis twice a week. I planned to homeschool after work, but most of the time, the only thing I want to do after I’m done with work is to rest.

I don’t think I can do it next year. Continue Reading

Davao Events Events Lifestyle

iflix Goes to Davao!

If there’s one thing I love, it’s watching a good movie or a good television series.

I’ve encountered people who don’t watch TV at all, and deep inside my mind, I wonder how they do it. I mean, I’m no bimbo (at least I hope so! Haha!). Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I went to now one of my favourite restaurants, Rekado, not to eat (well, I did eat) but to attend the launching of iflix in Davao.

Although I’ve never availed of these before, I am a fan of streaming services which allow you to watch (and binge on) your favourite movies and shows legally and without breaking the bank. I’ve been eyeing iflix in particular because of its low rates (only P129 a month – much lower than the price of a movie ticket!) and ease of use. So when I got invited to its Davao City launch — and in my favourite restaurant to boot — for a night of good food and a movie, it was a no brainer. I should go.

The table centrepiece? Lurve!

iflix goes to Davao

The host, Rovic Cuasito

iflix goes to Davao

After dinner, games, and the team’s presentation of what iflix is all about, we were treated to a movie. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the movie they had in store for us. Continue Reading

Messy Wins Personal

Level-Up Adulting Part 1: Getting My Driver’s License

I honestly never thought I’d get both a driver’s license and an insurance policy at age 26.

I know 26 is not too young of an age to get both; in fact, I think 26 is on the older side of the spectrum to get a driver’s permit for the first time  hehe. I’ll explain.

Messy Success 1: How I Got My Driver’s License

First, I never planned to get a car this year, much less a driver’s license. I mean, I know one doesn’t necessarily have to own a car in order to get a driving permit, but for me, what’s the use of it when I won’t be using it anyway? It just didn’t make sense. But this year, I did not only get a car but also enrolled in a driving school, learned to drive, and successfully got a license.

I took a leave from work last Tuesday in order to process my permit at the LTO. I arrived there 10 minutes after 8 and the line was already loooong. So if you want to avoid the lines, go there early. Really early. Like before 7 early. LTO Davao is quite efficient, in my opinion, but there were really a lot of people before me (more than 60, I think?), so it still took a good hour before I was finally able to enter the examination room.  Continue Reading

Online Shopping Review Shopping

4 Reasons Why I Love Shopping With ShopBack

It’s shopping season once again!

Okay, who am I kidding. It’s always shopping season in my household! But in fairness to me (in fairness to me talaga), I’ve been able to cut back on my shopping expenses. I’m not panic buying each time I find myself in the grocery anymore hahaha. I have only shopped online a couple of times for the past two months I think (and those were necessities. Yuri outgrew all of his shoes!), and they never exceeded my set budget. Also, I haven’t ordered anything beauty or skin-related for the longest time. Yay!

Aside from the fact that I need to save money because it’s almost Christmas, I need to allocate money for gasoline for the first time in my life. Gah! Good thing gasoline prices are not as high as they were before. More importantly, Job and I had the money talk (again). Job is one of the stingiest most frugal person I know, and I am inspired by him. He doesn’t buy anything he doesn’t need so he was able to save a big part of his income. Also, he doesn’t have short-term goals. He has long-term goals and he’d rather save now and enjoy later. To be honest? I’m pressured! I barely have any savings because I spent it on buying Ingrid so I really need to replenish my savings.

Anyway, speaking of shopping and saving, did you know that you can do both? I mean, we cannot not shop during Christmas season (hello, fellow ninangs and titas!). So aside from looking for discounts and coupons and going after sales, I also use ShopBack. I’ve already talked about ShopBack in the past, but I’ll give you 3 reasons why I love it.

1. Almost all of the online shops I frequent are ShopBack partners.

Lazada, Zalora, Bench, and Althea are only some of the online shops I frequent, and I was so ecstatic to learn that they’re all ShopBack partners! Althea, in particular, is such a godsend. I’ve gushed over Althea a couple of times here in my blog and it’s one of my most favourite online shopping sites ever. (April loot, September loot) I share my Althea addiction with my workmate, Lenz! As if I needed to find yet another reason to love Althea, I can also earn money just by shopping on it, through ShopBack!

(Psst, if you want to sign up for Althea, please use my referral link to receive a total of P350 discount *wink*)

2. Earnings are not meagre! They’re actually bigger than what I initially expected!

Honestly? When I first learned about ShopBack (I think that was January this year when I was contacted for a collaboration), I thought I would be earning just a couple of pesos each transaction. Nothing sizeable or significant (like earnings on ad clicks lol). But I was surprised to know I could earn a hundred pesos or even more in just one 1000-peso transaction! So imagine how much you can earn in a 5000-peso transaction! I’m not kidding; I have already withdrawn my past earnings, which I earned from just shopping.

3. Withdrawing my earnings is super easy and fast.

And speaking of withdrawing your earnings, it just takes a few clicks to do it! I put in my bank details and withdrew my earnings. I actually expected to receive it in 2 weeks, but to my surprise, I received the money within just a couple of days. Details are hazy now but I think it was around 2-3 days. And the best part? No fees and deductions. I received my earnings in full!

4. They gave me a tablet!

Okay, this last reason is personal. Any ShopBack user will experience reasons 1 to 2 (promise), but I was one of the lucky people who won their recent Win A Wish Blogging Contest. My winning entry is about the things I need as a newbie real estate broker. The prize? Anything I want that is worth P10,000. Not bad, not bad at all! I was torn between a new tablet and my own convection oven. You see, my mum’s tablet got broken and she needed a new one. Since I wanted to make her happy (chos!), I decided to wish for a tablet instead and gave it to her. Here’s the tablet from ShopBack!

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Thank you so much ShopBack! Indeed, the tablet has been of great use in our real estate business.

Do you use ShopBack? If you’re thinking of signing up (and you should!), please do me a little favour and use this link!

Events Halloween

Why We Attended Our Village’s Trick or Treat This Year

The long weekend is almost over! Noooo!

Give me more long weekends please! (*Checks the calendar for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. *Sees that they both fall on Sundays. Come on!)

Seriously though, I had a lot of fun during my long weekend. I was really busy (which I shamelessly talked about here), but I loved that everyday there was something new to look forward to. Last Sunday, after attending my goddaughter Xandrah’s baptism, I immediately went home to attend our village’s Trick or Treat.

Last year, I talked about my stand about Halloween and how I do not want to take part in it. (To be honest, last year was the only time we didn’t join.) Okay, I still don’t believe-believe in Halloween and I still don’t want the concept messing up with our concept of Christianity. However, I realised that if I make such a big deal about avoiding it, it may become a morbid fascination to my son. I decided to treat it like just another unique day, with limits. 

There are more reasons why we attended our village’s Trick or Treat this year:

  1. They decided to make the kids dress up in innocent and fun costumes. Child-like, in other words. No blood or gore allowed! (There were a couple of older kids who still went the scary look, but they looked so out of place they might probably hesitate next year.)
  2. Unlike in the previous years, the decorations to be used would be wholesome. Balloons and buntings instead of the previous years’ cobwebs and skeletons.
  3. The officers slightly changed the program. No more award for the scariest/best costume so good bye, bloody prosthetics. Yes, kids came with prosthetic makeup in the previous years! More party games, more food, more prizes, less spookiness!
  4. This is the first time that the village youth (which is 100% male) stepped up to organise an event by themselves. The boys ordered food for the event (sponsored by McDonald’s — no Pinteresty Halloween food here haha!), decorated the venue (and made the decorations by hand!), and promoted the event to homeowners. It would be sacrilege not to support what they worked so hard on!
  5. We only have 3 major village events: the village anniversary, Trick or Treat, and the Christmas Party. I love our community and will always support these events. It’s a great way to reconnect with old neighbours and get to know new neighbours as well!

I know I shouldn’t be explaining my decision to join the Trick or Treat as a Christian, but I just want to talk about it for the sake of those who cannot figure out where to stand. Don’t forget to set your limits! Without much ado, here are pictures from this year’s village Trick or Treat. Continue Reading