Sunday, July 5, 2015

New Opportunities, Latest Happenings and "That Thing Called Tadhana"

New Opportunities

Life is full of surprises! Me and my kids were very busy for the past couple of months, we had been receiving lots of inquiries and orders for cup cakes.  There were times that we have to sleep late as we need to bake and finish the orders the following day.  Baking is my passion and I felt so happy that my son shares the same passion with me. We are always happy seeing our finished products and being appreciated by our customers.  Earning from it is just a bonus. :) We also had an event styling project last summer.  We are getting lots of inquiries for event styling but we have to turn down some due to time constraint.  We do not want to accept projects if we think that time is of essence and we couldn't guarantee an excellent result. Satisfying our clients is our biggest priority. My love for home decorating and crafting reunites me with this job.  Again, my son is a partner who always share the same skills and talents with me.  Such was a blessing.  Lately, I was given an opportunity to go back to seminars. Facilitating seminars and being a resource speaker is one of the things I love to do most. It brings me a great sense of fulfillment and it has always been a rewarding experience to be able to motivate and inspire people.  

Latest Happenings

I am still busy with my online teaching and my students are increasing.  I was reluctant to do this at first because I'm afraid that I can't find enough time to do this.  I am basically in charge of everything in the house since my house helper left so obviously, managing my time effectively is indeed a challenge for me.  Glad that I've managed to do it and now, I'm beginning to love this job and my students, as well.  It was also a good thing that I was able to find a foreign employer that is so considerate and very easy to deal with.

We did a lot of decluttering in the house the past months and I am very happy that we were able to convert some "clutter" into cash.  My son's sales skills is really admirable.  He practically able to sell all our old stuff that are no longer in use and adding up clutter to the house.  I was also surprised that these items were sold at a good price.  As a matter of fact, some were bought at their original price and some were even bought higher than the original price. :) We were able to hit two birds in one stone, eliminate clutter and at the same time, make extra cash.  Proceeds of this yard sale were used to finance some minor repairs in the house and purchase of more important items.

Our old tenant from our house for rent also pulled out and we are very lucky to be able to find a replacement after a long wait and guess what? at a better deal of course.  From 10K a month, we were able to increase the rent for 15K a month.  Isn't that amazing?  God is really good and consulting HIM in all my plans and decisions really works to our favor.  To God be the glory!

That Thing Called Tadhana 

My son Edmar resigned from his job in the Philippines last April and decided to work on his papers for a pending employment abroad.  I was having second thoughts allowing my son to work abroad. He is very young and it's not long ago that he graduated from college.  I find him too young to live on his own in a foreign land.  But what can I do?  He deserved to go for a greener pasture considering that he is bright, responsible and possess a lot of skills (pls. forgive me, I am a mother). Kidding aside, he is always on top of his class from elementary to college and he is well appreciated from his previous jobs.  At the back of my mind, I am thinking, "who am I to hinder his dream and progress?" The original date of his trip was moved to a much later date but now I understand why that happened. God allows him to fix all the things and issues in the house for our safety and security first. He helped me a lot with my seminars, doing all the paper works and coordination.  He also helped me process the transfer of the land title for our other lot.  I am too busy to handle everything alone and God finds a way to help me ease some burdens before my son settles to work abroad. He also managed to find a new tenant for our house for rent and have minor details in that house fixed first before the new tenant moves in.  I wouldn't be able to do everything without his help. GOD really moves in mysterious ways.  I thank God for that!

Now my son had already pushed through with his trip and currently on his 3rd day in a foreign land. From the feedback I got from him, it seems that his living condition is okay and that he is surrounded by supportive and friendly individuals.  I just have one wish, that he be safe and comfortable in his new life away from home, that he is happy and at peace and that he would be able to love his work. I'm positive coz God gave us a hint.  He was consulted and He has given His promise.

I am happy to have received such tremendous blessings from the Lord.  Being happy and fulfilled in whatever you do is very important, financial rewards is just second to that.

I am happy with how's everything is going on with my life and my family....that thing called tadhana is not really a tadhana, it is a manifestation that good things come to people who works hard and knows how to persevere.

Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Following Your Passion

Serious gaming and fantasy enthusiasts often dress the part and collect matching accoutrements, both to enhance their authentic attire and to put it on display in order to give atmosphere to their gaming space. Good quality accessories for these purposes can be hard to come by and some people go so far as to create their own, even going so far as to build a forge so as to make their own swords. Some people enjoy doing that for the experience. Others really would rather not do so, but they simply cannot find what they want another way.

The social circles that develop around such a serious hobby sometimes are populated with local artists and artisans who can help fill this need. But that is not always the case. Historically, when those types of people simply were not part of the local scene, it left an unmet need for serious enthusiasts.

Fortunately, these days you can get a great many things online that, at one time, were nearly impossible to find if you were not blessed with such talented acquaintances. For people in more isolated areas or who otherwise lack access to local sources of specialty items in this genre, the words "click here" can be a thrilling invitation, offering solutions that a few years ago simply did not exist. 

The Internet has revolutionized the ability of people with serious hobbies to pursue their passion in earnest, even if they are not wealthy. At one time, such a pursuit either took a great deal of money or was an all-consuming task that left little time for anything other than a job with which to support the interest. The Information Age has been a great leveler in that regard. It still takes some money to invest in a serious hobby, but it is no longer something only a rich person can realistically pursue and still hope to have a life beyond their hobby. 

These days, a person can be a serious enthusiast and still have a full life. Gone are the days when completing your outfit or decorating your gaming space required a kind of obsession to the point of excluding other interests. This is all to the good. After all, hobbies should enhance a person's life and makes it a more full and satisfying experience. They should not be something that narrows one's life and makes it a lesser life.

Monday, May 18, 2015

On Conserving Energy

I don't actually have an idea whether I am consuming low or high on my electric usage.  The only thing I know is that I am consuming less than a number of people I've asked before like my brother, sister and niece.  I get curious on how much they pay for their electric bills and we compare actual usage of appliances at home.  I practically got everything in the house which would make our lives comfortable... washing machine, water heater in the bath room, microwave oven, A/C unit in the bedroom, indoor and outdoor lights, entertainment appliances, computers,ref..etc.  Al these are being used on a regular basis except for the A/C unit which I used on and off year round although I would admit using it on a daily basis during summer.  I'm quite surprised that they are consuming a lot more than me.  Should I congratulate myself? That I am not so sure as I am not yet certain whether I am doing my best when it comes to conserving energy.  

There are actually a number of things which we can do to save on our electric bills and all what it takes is a great amount of discipline.  Like for instance, we should make it a habit to unplug everything that's not in use.  Proper use and care of our electrical appliances is also a great help.  For instance, we have to to know the basics in operating our electrical appliances, things like connecting xlr to rca, using the right kind of extension cords and sockets, installing breakers where necessary to prevent circuit shortage are only few of the things that we have to be aware of.  This way, we are not only saving electrical consumption but we are also preventing the possibility of putting our house on fire. Conserving energy sometimes requires making small sacrifices like getting more familiar with the heat of summer.  We use A/C unit more often during summer but I try to balance it by not using water heater anymore whenever I'm taking shower and taking advantage of the heat of the sun in drying up our clothes instead of using spin dryer.  Sometimes, we all sleep in one room just to maximize the use of air con instead of opening two air con units at the same time.

There are lots of useful tips that we can read online in as far as conserving energy is concerned but even if you don't read a lot, sometimes a plain common sense will dictate us on how we can conserve energy better and on the process, we are not only helping our pockets but the environment, as well.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Personalized Mother's Day Gift

I always believe that as people matures, they tend to have a change of perspective. This has always been true in all aspects even in wants and taste. When I became a Mom, my attention was refocused to my children more than myself.  Every time I shop,  I would always try to think first of what they need, I guess that's how Moms really are. 

As my children grew up, I always have those happy memories of them giving me a personalized gift be it be their own drawing, crafts, DIY greeting cards and more on every occasion. Somehow, it thrilled me.  I came to a point that the price tag attached to a gift is no longer an issue.  Receiving a personalized gift somehow excites me.  Speaking of personalized gifts, I was very lucky to receive a lovely personalized necklace from  and it comes in a very simple but very cute packaging, really great to be given as gifts to our loved ones. 

Well, I was asked to choose my preferred design and it took me almost an hour browsing through their designs.  There's a lot of interesting details on the photos and it's really hard to choose the best one for myself.  Finally, after my long search, I've decided to take a gold cross name necklace with heart.  I love that it's simple and meaningful.  An order was placed and the item reached me in more than  2 weeks time.

I was thrilled to receive it in a cute red box with ribbon and upon opening it, I saw a fine crafted jewelry that's not only personalized but exudes a quality workmanship.  It maybe smaller in size than what I've expected but it's cute and has a unique design that's not normally found in some local shops around my area.

The lenght of the chain is long enough that it could be worn and perfectly matches my blouse or shirt.  Since, it bears my nick name, anyone who sees it would not mistaken it for a cheap necklace that could be bought elsewhere. They knew that it was ordered directly from a shop that specializes on fine jewelries.

Well, since Mother's Day is fast approaching, I think it would be a perfect gift for any mother out there.  I knew it, I am a mother myself and it's an advance Mother's Day gift that I really really love.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

On Being A Homebody

Since I've resigned from my job almost a couple of years ago, I have more opportunity to stay home now. Do I get bored with this arrangement considering that I'm an active office worker for almost 2 decades?  Well, my answer is a big NO!  I used to go out and hang out with friends before, that I wouldn't deny. Being in the corporate world requires you to establish a good rapport with your colleagues and staff and one way of doing this is to socialize with them and have fun once in a while. But you know what? There is something within me that longs for a quiet and simple life.  I am basically a domesticated person and doing house chores like cooking, baking, home decorating and gardening is something that really excites me. I think not so many people consider hanging around the house to be pretty awesome.  Well, for me it is! :)

One good trait of being a homebody is the ability to make her home a great place to live in.  They do their best to make their homes as beautiful and as comfortable as ever.  Because of this, I believe it is a wrong notion that homebodies are lazy people.  Because homebodies love to stay home, they would always want their homes to be extra clean and beautiful inside and out. You wouldn't want to spend time at home when it's messy, untidy and disorganized.  Would you?

A lot of people may not understand what kind of joy can a homebody get by just staring at 4 corners of her house, seeing the same things over and over again and more often, they are referred to as "boring people".  Little of them do know that being a homebody means allowing yourself to revel in all the things you love to do at home.  Many activities would only be possible while having your own private space, your own sanctuary where you could have inner peace and privacy.  All this can be found in your own home!

Now, I am even more thankful with technology, because of internet, I am also able to earn from home and there's no other thing more convenient than doing your job in pajamas and loose shirt at your own time and space while having all the extra time doing your passion.  To me, that's something great and special and it is for these things that I wouldn't trade being a homebody.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Road To Recovery

I can't remember how long, but if I had to guess it’s probably been over a decade since the last time I saw my brother. Being the youngest in a family of six, I was really determined to make the most out of life. It's been years, but I can still remember how my brother's life was shattered into pieces due to the wrong decisions he made.  His marital problems coupled with bad influences from his friends pushed him into drugs and a back injury for which he was prescribed powerful pain meds sealed his fate.  I was still young then but I remember how he suffered and how his life fall apart.  

I didn’t know much then, but I knew enough to know that it was easy for him to get into that terrible rut but it’s very difficult to get out. He lost his job and his family, his health deteriorated and he became emotionally and mentally stressed.  My elder siblings went out of their way to do everything they could to help him to no avail. He needed professional help.
My brother needed professional help and after a lot of research, we finally found a place that we felt could help him.  The minute my brother checked in to Origins Recovery Center even he knew it was the right fit. Their program is state of the art but also focuses on healing the soul, not just the body. We knew his road wouldn’t be easy but at Origins he finally had the help that he really needed. And we could all finally rest easy.

Sometimes, recovering from a nightmare or from an unpleasant experience brought about by drug addiction is indeed a painful task. A person in this situation may feel alone and hopeless and treatment may seem to be out of reach.   He may experience setbacks and pitfalls, even discrimination on some extent but change is not impossible especially when you have the right treatment and support.  Although I acknowledge the fact that the biggest leap to recovery is accepting your wrong decisions and getting yourself ready for a change, still, it cannot be discounted that reaching out for a support from the right people will definitely make a big difference.  Choosing the right center that would cater to an easier road to recovery is very important.  A home that provides a safe and supportive place to live during the recovery period is very vital for that big change.  

On a final note, I would say that giving my brother an assurance that we will always be there for him no matter what happened is an added factor.  We do make wrong decisions in life, everybody does, what is important is that as a family, we continue to work together for a common good.  Love, support and understanding are so far the greatest gifts we could give to a recovering family member.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Gifts For Mika

This is quite a late post but better late than never! :)  I just want to share the fun and excitement that my pretty daughter Mika had experienced opening her birthday presents after her recently concluded debut party.  She received awesome gifts from her friends and relatives and she cannot contain her excitement seeing those for the first time.  We stayed over night in the hotel where her party was held, so we just sent all her gift back home right after the party.  She just had the chance to open the gifts the day after.   

Mika was not the only one excited about her gifts, her kuya Edmar has been asking her to open her gifts right after we arrived home.  Actually gifts are just part of the fun but the most important gift that Mika received is the memory of having shared her 18th birthday to the people who matter most to her.  The gifts that she received range from decorative pieces (which we love since we are committed to have her room renovated come February), accessories, watch, bags, clothes, lamp, books, and other DIY gifts from her close friends.  She was hoping to get one from musician friend, probably a guitar but sorry, there was none (lol).  She is a certified music lover and loves to play guitar, that's why.

Now that we are currently on the process or renovating her bedroom, these gifts will really be of great use!  As a Mom, I am very happy that I was able to deliver what's best for my daughter even in the absence of her Dad (he wasn't able to get a leave from work).  Her successful 18th birthday celebration is just a solid proof that we are bound to give her the best of everything that she deserves. After all, the sacrifices and hard work that we are doing all through these years are directed towards giving a bright future to both our kids.

Again....I hope that we made you very happy on your special day anak!

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