Thursday, December 15, 2016

My Son Was Finally Home

My son went back home to the Philippines earlier than expected.  It was a pleasant surprise though as I am really looking forward to see him and to have him with us for the holidays.  We picked him up from the airport on the 13th of December, just in time for our wedding anniversary the following day. Although his Dad was not here to celebrate this very important day, I was happy enough that my son came home to give me a company on this very special occasion. His sister was having her OJT which is a requirement in school so without my son, probably I was alone that date. :) 

It was a day well spent with him and he gave me a treat on our wedding anniversary ( a good substitute for his Dad) indeed.  We just hang out in his favorite coffee shop and had a simple dinner afterwards with her younger sister.  I have proven once again that a grand celebration is not necessary to be complete.  A good dinner and coffee with people who matters most to you is in itself complete.

I thank God for this opportunity to see my son again in flesh.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Business As Usual

I had lots of inquiries for cakes and cupcakes as early as November, this gave me the thought that Filipinos are really looking forward to Christmas season.  I was extra happy that my son was now here at home to help me with all the baking tasks.  Undeniably, my son is very good at designing, he has a great artistic skills and I can't help admiring him for that.  Sometimes, our customers would request for this and that design for their cup cake toppers and it was not an easy job, I tell you. Creating these designs for fondant cup cakes is a very complicated process, and I would say...time consuming.  You need to have a passion for what you do, otherwise you will give up.  There are times, we sleep so late just to finish all the orders.  At any rate, our consolation with what we do is when customers appreciated our efforts and compliment our designs and the taste of the cakes, of course.  Here are  some of the baked goodies we did for our beloved customers:

I really love to bake.  If not for the long years I've spent in the corporate world, probably I should have started baking earlier.  It was actually a dream come true for me.  When you love what you do, no matter how difficult, time consuming or complicated it is, you will always have that energy to continue. That is because you are happy with what you are doing and that translates to the products you are producing.  When I'm not busy with orders, I see to it that I would always have fresh cakes and baked goodies for my family and their friends, too. I am glad when I see them enjoying what I cook or bake.  This gives me a sense of fulfillment as a Mom.

I hope I could continue doing things that I love for a longer period of time.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Our Buma Hotel Experience At Subic

I was watching an episode of "Home Sweetie Home" at ABS-CBN last Sunday and I was surprised to see that Buma Hotel in Subic was included in their location shoots.  This suddenly reminded me that I am yet to do a review of our Buma Hotel experience.  We stayed in this family-friendly hotel in Olongapo for a quick R&R.   Since we are from Olongapo, going in and out of Subic Bay is as easy and fast as a breeze.  I am just happy that we have this opportunity to live in an area where there is a nearby tourist destination.  I knew for a fact that there are lots of people from Manila and other nearby towns who regularly visit Subic and it's so many attractions.  For now, I am just happy to share with you two weekends spent at Buma Hotel.  Yes, two weekends because this happened on two different dates. 

It was a lazy boring day when my daughter suddenly asked me if we can go for an afternoon swim.  I asked her if she already have a place in mind, of course I was thinking that it would just be inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone since going to Subic town in Zambales won't be a good idea since I am yet to catch up with my night classes.  I don't want my students to miss me that day. :) Well, kidding aside, we've decided to pack our things and leave the house past ten o'çlock in the morning on a Saturday. We decided to have a lunch somewhere around the area as well so we could try other restaurants, too. We did not have anything fancy for lunch as my daughter Mika is in a rush to swim. well, I couldn't blame her as we did not really have much chance to go out the past weeks due to our busy schedule.  

Buma is accepting customers who just want to make use of the pool for a day and they charged Php250 per person which is consumable. So, you can actually swim and have some snacks from their restaurant. Their pool area is just small but it has a good view of the beach.  There are pool attendants around to attend to customer's needs and also to look after their safety and that's a good point.  Staff are attentive and friendly, as well.  I like it that they will not ask you to go to the restaurant to order the foods and eat there, they handed us a menu while at the pool and asked us to order. They have the foods delivered to us as well, so there is no need for you to leave the pool area.

Needless to say, our pool experience was very good, although it rained that afternoon, that did not stop us from swimming, in fact it added up to the fun. :)

On the succeeding weekend, that was on a Sunday, we went back to Buma Hotel again, but this time we did not swim, we were invited by my niece to attend the dedication and first birthday celebration of their son Samuel Marcus.  The event was held on the third floor of the hotel and the negative comment that I would have here is the absence of the elevator.  I was with my eldest sister who has a knee problem and it was very difficult for her to go up using the stairs.  I wonder if there were disabled people invited, so that would stop them from attending the party unless someone is willing to carry them all the way from the ground floor to the third floor.

Aside from that issue, everything was considered to be acceptable.  The facilities of the hotel is good, not exemplary but worth trying.  The foods, I would rate as average, nothing extra ordinary but can suit the taste of not so picky eaters.  The price range of the items in the menu are within the rates offered by hotel restaurants but if you would go for an overnight stay in the hotel or even few days, I think it would be more practical to try the foods on the nearby restaurants which are actually a lot along that area near to the hotel.  That would not only save you a fortune but would let you try variety of foods as well.

Overall, Buma Hotel would still be worth a visit, however I think that there still lots of hotels around Subic that is more complete in terms of facilities and more affordable too.  Although I would say that I did not at all had a bad experience spending two weekends there, it would be a lot better to make a research like going to Trip Advisor to see what previous clients have to say and compare hotels before you decide booking your stay.  After all, we all deserved a happy and comfortable stay away from home.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Can Music Help Us Relax?

I was not so inclined with music and the arts.  In fact, these are two of my most hated subjects in the elementary and high school days.  I don't sing well, I mean I could carry a tune but my voice only fits to some specific songs.  I don't even know how to play any musical instrument, not even one. Too sad but it's true.  One of my frustrations is to be able to play a guitar but it never happened in my lifetime (wink). But don't get me wrong, though I couldn't sing well, I love listening to music.

Can music help us relax? Well....definitely! I for one, normally resorts to listening to music whenever I feel sad.  In the same manner, I also listen to music whenever I feel happy. Music can cater to all types of emotions.  I love listening to instrumental music, too especially when I am having a full body massage, it's really soothing!  

For those of you who are into music and love to play musical instruments, you can click here to go to , I think they have a complete line of musical instruments and parts for all your needs.  Sometimes, it's best to go to the experts when it comes to dealing with our passion and hobby as they would definitely not put us down.

How about you? Does music relaxes you?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Dealing With Nuisance Neighbors

I wonder if there's a law in the Philippines about dealing with nuisance neighbors, I've heard that in other countries like UK, there is.  I had just been from a series of stressful situations where I had to go to the Barangay to seek for a resolution.  Actually, they are not my own neighbors, but the neighbors of my tenants in our rental property but since they are under my responsibility and that they keep on bugging me about their problems, I have no other option but to make a stand. First, about the noise of the generator which is owned by my tenants.  They were harassed, shouted and embarrassed just because they switch it ON. Was that wrong? I don't think so. Well, if it is, don't they know how to approach and talk in a more civilized manner? Do they really have to resort to that? Second, their dog cage which was placed beside the fence in their own yard.  The nuisance neighbor was ordering them to relocate it.  For God sake, how could anyone interfere in on how they should place things inside the own lot and yard from which they have jurisdiction as tenants?  This is getting ridiculous! The third and the last one which had given me so much stress was the fact that they have prevented us from putting up additional hollow blocks to the fence to make the fence higher and thus avoid seeing them from time to time.  They were claiming and insisting that the fence belong to them despite the fact that majority of the neighbors who had seen us building the same were attesting that we are the rightful owner of the fence.  In fact, it is is within our lot boundary.  They are screaming, saying offensive words and even harassing the workers who are supposed to build the fence. I have never encountered dealing with such kind of people who are barbaric and unreasonable.  

Dealing with nuisance neighbors is really hard and very stressful.  They do not understand the law, the technicalities and even the reasonable grounds which are already very obvious. They would answer back in a very illogical manner and even insist on their ignorance.  In this kind of situation, the only way out is to deal with them legally, which is not also very easy as you have to go through a lot of steps and it will really be a long process.  I have dealt with them in Barangay level which unfortunately did not give us justice as there seemed to be "siding" to the other party who happened to be a Purok Leader. Matter was not investigated thoroughly and let us settle temporarily which is favorable to the other.  My next step? Well, obviously, I have to seek advises from other agencies of the government to confirm where we stand.  Dealing with these kind of nuisance neighbors is not so easy.  One thing is for sure, don't deal with them without the presence of an official.  Don't go down to their level and do not ever resort to verbal arguments without the proper authority to mediate. These people are used to having troubles and close minded. They want to prove that they can overpower you at all timers. By showing to them that you are resorting to legal actions would give them the impression that you are not giving up your rights and that you are not a kind of person who can easily sway to their wants.  Be tough, talk to proper authorities, if you think resolution was not done fairly, do the next step.  There is really nothing wrong with fighting for your rights for as long as you have done everything legally, in good faith and within your rightful means.  

I think it's about time that we have to have laws in place dealing with nuisance neighbors.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

How Much Are You Willing To Spend On Your Passion?

I've been asking this question a number of times because I've seen a lot of collectors spending huge amount of money buying stuff for their collection, and what do we get out of it? Satisfaction...of course!  Indeed, there's no price tag to happiness.  Your passion could be in gardening, home decor, sports, books or music.  I myself is hooked into gardening and home decorating, but the question, how much I am willing to spend for this depends on whether it would be beneficial in the end?

For example, in the case of gardening, I believed that if I am able to tend a beautiful garden at home, I would be less interested going out of the house coz my home would already be a beautiful sanctuary and a perfect place for me to relax and unwind. That translates to saving money that I am supposed to spend elsewhere every time I get out of the house.  Apart from that, if I go for vegetable gardening, I would be saving an extra amount for my grocery budget especially that vegetables can be too expensive at times.  I guess others would be spending much for their passion because they are thinking that one day, that passion could be an opportunity to earn.  Musicians for example would be willing to spend for special guitars like  evh wolfgang thinking that someday they could turn their passion into a profession where they could make it a source of living.  I know some people who wouldn't think the same way, what is important to them is self satisfaction.  As I've said, there's no price tag to happiness.

How much you are willing to spend on your passion depends on your financial standing of course. I think everyone should consider their priorities.  In the end, we couldn't be happier knowing that we are not providing well for our family's needs.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Farming and Gardening Support Group

I think I had mentioned here a couple of times that I am now a stay at home Mom and although I have been separated from my corporate job more than 2 years ago, I still enjoy being a freelance worker.  Earning on your own time is really something you could be proud of. I got an early retirement but that's only to free myself from office politics, being productive, earn and save are still part of my plan. I'm no too old after all. :)

While I was browsing online, I saw this farming and gardening enthusiasts support group. It's a closed group so you need to send a request to become a member. I was curious enough so I did request to become a member.  There, I saw people from different parts of the country willingly share their tips and their own experiences as a farmer or a gardener.  Whether you are operating a farm or just tending your own backyard garden, there's a lot of things to learn from other people sharing the same interest. I haven't really gone that far into gardening.  I am just currently hooked into growing ornamental plants, but sooner I might try doing vegetable gardening and this group really inspires me. Imagine growing vegetables on containers and in just a limited space. That's something truly amazing.  You see, I can't wait to embark on this new journey as a vegetable gardener and urban gardening really sounds interesting.

I hope, I would be able to do this soon as I would like to add up to my already hectic schedule.  I want to be productive for life.

I bet you  too! 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Farewell My Dear Lucio

It's more than a month now since we lost our fur baby Lucio, he died because of renal failure. The first time we saw some problems in him, was during the time my son was vacationing in the Philippines.  We noticed that he urinates frequently and in small amounts only, thus we brought him to his Vet who recommended him to have a complete blood test.  That time, we made a wrong decision because we thought that his illness was not that serious and maybe just a normal UTI, so we urged the Vet to just prescribe an appropriate antibiotic for Lucio which she did.  After that medication, we noticed a slight improvement in him.  A couple of months after that, we noticed again that he is having some difficulty urinating. This observation was followed by his becoming less active than before and suddenly, he lost his appetite and would not eat anything for 3 straight days.  That was the time that we get alarmed.  We brought him again to the Vet for the complete blood test.  The result was so alarming as he was right then and there diagnosed with chronic kidney problem with complications in liver.  We were so saddened by the Vet's findings and asked them on what should be the best thing to do to save Lucio.  He was confined in the clinic for several days, but he won't eat anything.  He was subjected to forced feeding and had a dextrose for fluid retention. The situation continued to worsen and we told the Vet to do every possible remedy to save him. We bough him injectable medications hoping that he would recuperate from the disease. We have high hopes that he would get better and that we could spend more time with him even for a year or two.  

Until one day, we sought a second opinion from another Vet from which we were apprised of the same findings and we were told that Lucio has a very slim chance of surviving.  As soon as we went home that day, we called my son and discussed to him Lucio's situation.  I told him that we need to slowly accept that Lucio would no longer be with us soon.  I could also see how Lucio suffer, he's getting weaker each day and no longer responding to his medications.

We blamed ourselves for not being attentive on the first instance of him showing some irregular signs.  We blamed ourselves for not allowing him to be subjected to a complete blood test the first time we were advised to do so.  We were deeply devastated by the fact that we had our own share of shortcomings.  Lucio was our very first house pet which I bought as a gift for my daughter's birthday. Lucio has a very bad temper and would not show his sweetness to us most of the times but he would suddenly be extra sweet when he is on his best mood.  In fact, he was my son's favorite among all our pets.  We can rely on him more than anybody else in protecting our home.  He got a strong sense of smell and would detect any stranger walking outside the yard in an instant.  When that happens, he would bark non stop and appears to be very angry and this would definitely drive strangers away.

Now, our Lucio was gone. His Vet called us the day after we talked about his condition and accepted his fate.  We were informed that he already passed away in the clinic. We all cried out of devastation and sadness.  How can we lost a very gorgeous,sweet and dependable pet like him.

His lost is something that was unbearable at first.  We all treated him as a family the way we treat the rest of our pets at home and it's not easy to lose someone like him whom we love so dearly, but sometimes good things should come to an end.  We may have lost him but he would definitely remain in our hearts forever.

Farewell my dear Lucio! We love you to the moon and back!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Identifying Those Unexpected Responsibilities

When you buy a new boat, you expect to have to buy replacement marine parts at some point. But did you expect to have to pay for having mussels scraped off your boat by a contractor? Some of the most important purchases in a person's life come with little surprises that they would never expect, but could wind up costing a lot of money. Before you buy some of these items, you may want to learn a bit about the full scope of what you will be getting into.

Buying A Home

When you buy a home, you expect to pay your mortgage, taxes and property repair bills for as long as you own the property. But did you know that you may also have to pay for garbage pick-up as well? In some communities, garbage pick-up is part of their yearly tax bill. But for communities that use privatized refuse collection companies, there may be a separate bill to pay for garbage pick up. You should also know that some communities hand out fines to homeowners who put their garbage out for pickup a day or two early.

Bank Fees

When you are young, you are told that you should always have a checking and savings account in good standing. What you are not told is that you need to shop around for good accounts because many banks have hidden fees they charge you to use your accounts. Some banks charge for each ATM transaction over a certain amount each month, and other banks will charge you a fee if your savings account falls below their minimum threshold.

Work Expenses

After you graduate from school, you are excited to be accepted to the job of your dreams. The problem is that no one ever told you that the job of your dreams includes hidden nightmares such as monthly parking costs, new wardrobe investments and spending money on lunches every day. You may be able to get the wardrobe and lunch issues under control after a while, but the parking costs are not going away. If you think taking the bus or train to work will help the parking problem, then you have obviously never paid for a monthly bus or train pass.

When you are young, everything looks like it is so organized and happens for a reason. But when you grow up and get into the real world, you quickly realize that there are plenty of ugly surprises waiting around just about every corner.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Easy and Simple Ways to Conserve Water At Home

The heat of summer is now felt everywhere and people are getting busy either complaining with the rotating black out or having an outing elsewhere.  Actually long ago and maybe until today, I really love summer.  This is the perfect time  to go for picnics and outings and I love all the foods during summer especially the fruits in season.  However, because of the global warming, summer now is not as good as what it used to be before.  The weather is extremely hot and more often, you will get irritated when you go outdoors, so most of the time you would probably prefer to stay home.

Another problem confronting us during summer is water shortage and this is especially true on some cities and provinces.  I feel lucky that water crisis is not strongly felt in our city but it is, on other towns and provinces particularly on Mindanao area.  As a result, the livelihood of many farmers are being affected because of the dry spell and this is not good for everyone.

In the midst of all these problems, what we could do to help is to find simple ways to conserve water at home and this is not very difficult, all we have to do is to be patient and concerned with water conservation.  In my case, I have many plants at home and of course I could not afford to see my plants dying  and needs to water them everyday to keep them in good shape but I am most of the time using recycled water for this purpose.  I am keeping the water that I used for washing rice, veggies, and meats and I used the water for my plants.  Not only do I able to save water but also I am able to add nutrition to my plants.  left over coffee and teas on cups are not being thrown too but placed on my potted plants at our porch.

Another way of recycling water is to save the last rinse for the dishes and use the water to clean the yard.  I do the same thing for the water that I used for the laundry.  Not only could you save on water but you could also save on detergents as you could save it fro cleaning the floors too.  I also used it to wash the floor mops and clean the dogs mess.

I know it's very easy to throw used water instead of saving it on buckets and used for other purposes but it only takes a little effort on our part to do all these things and a genuine concern for our environment.  We also get to save on our water bills and that's killing two birds in one stone. 

Hope we could all do the same to conserve water and take part in caring for our natural resources.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Living the Lifestyle of a True Music Fan with Clothing, Accessories, and More

People who are fans of punk rock music often go to notable extremes to make their affinity for this genre known to others. They not only listen to the music itself; they also dress the part of a punk rock music devotee. When you are one of the countless fans of this style of music, you too can showcase your devotion to the genre with apparel like tripp pants, t-shirts, shoes, and more. All of the clothing, accessories, and other gear that you need to dress the part can be found online.

Punk Rock Clothing

Clothing that matches this style of music looks noticeably different than traditional, mainstream clothing. The pants, for example, come with numerous zipper pockets up and down the legs. They also come with tapered legs that can be fit into boots and pleated waistbands that can accommodate undershirts being tucked into them.

Along with pants, you can also find t-shirts, jackets, and many other styles of clothing for sale online. The shirts bear the names of popular bands. They also are emblazoned with slogans or pictures that denote this style of music. 

The clothing is all made from high-quality materials like denim, cotton, or poly-cotton blends. Despite being unique to this genre of music, the clothing itself is easy to care for and can be washed the same as any other apparel sold in stores today. You can look forward to wearing your punk rock clothing for years with proper care.

Accessories, Household Goods, and Music

If you want to go beyond dressing the part of a true punk rock fan, you may also be interested in purchasing accessories like jewelry, hair ties, hand bags, and more online. The website sells an array of accessories designed just for this unique look.

You can likewise find household goods and CDs of your favorite musicians and bands for sale online. The household goods range from clocks to throw pillows. The CDs for sale include bands from the past and also musicians that are just making a name for themselves in the genre. You can find posters to match the covers of the CD covers for sale as well.

Punk rock is a distinct style of music with fans that often want to look the part. You can shop for clothing and more punk rock essentials online.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Dealing With Sciatic Pains

I had been experiencing some pains at my lower back down to the buttocks and down the back of my right leg.  It's been on and off for almost 3 months now and at times, I already get depressed especially when I had severe pain attacks at night.  It all started when we are having our home improvement projects starting December of last year.  The first Doctor who specializes in rehabilitation medicine whom I have consulted with a month ago told me that my symptoms mostly points to muscle spasms brought about by stress and over fatigue.  He advised me to go a therapy for 2 weeks which I purposely did not complete as I am not satisfied with the way the therapist handled me.  He also prescribed me some medicines which didn't work for me at all.

The pain continues for another month and I do sometimes get a hot stone massage which sometimes gives me a temporary relief.  It was only this week that I've decided to ask for second opinion.  I was greatly disturbed by the pains especially at night and this got me irritated most of the time.  I am a person who loves to work and do something round the clock and I am terribly annoyed with the fact that I can't do everything I want at home.  From the second Doctor whom I checked with, he told me that I might probably be suffering from sciatic pains, had shown me a diagram and explains to me how the pains travels from my lower back down to the buttocks and legs.  He first prescribed me some pain medicines which he assured me to be safer than Naproxen and Ibufropen and some supplements that will help to repair my sciatic nerves.  If these will now work well for me, he said, I have to be back in his clinic for an X-ray and from there, he would see what we could do next.
I am already on my fourth day of medications and so far, I am seeing some positive results.  I don't really know how long this would last but I am crossing my fingers that I can totally get rid of pains even before I finished the medicines I have prescribed with.

Now I am already thinking of what measures I have to take to keep me in shape.  Having this experience had made me even more cautious of my health especially when it comes to my joints and nerves as this definitely affects one's mobility.  

I'll see how far could I get over with the pains with this pain reliever, Trometamol Ketesse and supplement Methycobal.  I hope I do not need to go for that X-ray anymore.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Night of Fun and Music

It's been a month since we had our Videoke night but until now, I still can't get away from the fun and excitement that we had during the night.  It was actually a treat of my son Edmar to his Dad who had celebrated his birthday last 9th of February.  The night was filled with fun and music. We are not a family of singers although my daughter sings well and could play guitar.  That videoke bar is plain and simple but we had loads of fun.  I wouldn't say that the sound system is great, it would had been much better if they had mad professor but since it was our first time as a family to visit a KTV, the quality of the sound system doesn't affect our "happy mood" at all.

It's good that the cost of the room is consumable so we were able to feast with foods and drinks. This has been one of the highlights of hubby and son's home leave and we are very grateful that we can get this opportunity to be complete as a family.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Lucio's 4th Birthday

Time flies so fast! Our baby Lucio has already turned 4 last Feb 26.  This adorable fur baby has already been a part of our daily lives since the first day that we've acquired him.  He maybe naughty at times but he remains to be a darling.  Compared to our other baby (Marcus), he is more "moody" and unpredictable but I admire how he constantly serves as our protective army.  Do you know that nobody could come to the house when he is around?  We have to hide him at times when we expect some visitors coming to the house.  When he is in front of the house, our terrace in particular, he would bark at anyone standing outside the gate or fence.  He really had a strong sense of smell and would always alert us for any noise that he would hear outside the house day or night.  There was a time he was feeling sick but we would still see him ran towards the main door when he suspected that someone is outside.  That's how loyal and protective he is to us.

Now that he is four, we are looking forward to spending more happy years with him.  He is no longer a pet to us, but a family.  For his 4th birthday, I've cooked some noodles and we've also baked some chocolate cup cakes and chocolate chip cookies for our afternoon snacks with him of course (lol).

Happy happy fourth birthday Lucio! We love you!

Monday, January 4, 2016

2015... A Year of Great Surprises

It has been my tradition to write a year end review on January of every year,  I am just so excited to make a careful evaluation of what had transpired in my life for the past year be it good or bad.  It's my way of looking back to correct what was wrong and to be grateful for every little accomplishments that I had.

2015 has been a crazy year, yet I consider this one of my best years.  It's quite hard to document every bit of thing that happened to me the entire year but I would gladly list down what seemed to be the highlights of this year to me personally, and to my family as well.

1.)  My Daughter Mika's 18th Birthday

My only daughter celebrated her 18th birthday January 4 (gosh, it's exactly 1 year today) and as promised, we've organized a simple yet meaningful debut party for her.  It took us several months to do the planning and preparations. Many things need to be considered such as the budget, venue, party theme, foods, guests and the program.  It was a hard work but it's all worth it as we've managed to make it a memorable and successful one for her.  Her classmates and friends were all praises on the uniqueness of the party,  One commented that it was simple but elegant.  As a Mom, I felt very happy as I did not fail to give her the best that I could give.  I am very happy every time I see her videos and photos.  I feel truly accomplished.

2.)  My Daughter Mika's Bedroom Make Over 

Few months after my mother died, we had to let go of her memories.  It's quite painful to see her things that would always remind us of her presence in the family.  Since some of her things were stored in my daughter's bedroom, we've decided to make a big change by doing a bedroom make over. My daughter was so excited coming up with her own decorations.  She chooses the color, the decors and everything.  It turned to be so simple yet so pretty.  I am very happy to see how my daughter seemed to be so excited doing these things.

3.)  We Had A New Member in The Family

Before my son left for abroad, he convinced me and his Dad to chip in to buy a new dog.  It was a Golden Retriever whom we named Alonzo.  He had given us so much stress especially during his first few months at home as he is very naughty and playful and would destroy almost anything that he sees in the house.  Anyway, despite of it all, we were so happy having him in the house.  He is cute, funny and very sweet.  No wonder he became my daughter's instant favorite!

4.  I Was Hired As A Seminar Facilitator/Speaker

I was referred to a company inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone who was looking for a seminar facilitator and since being a public speaker has always been my passion, I didn't think twice to get the offer.  I was commissioned for 3 different seminars of various topics and I've enjoyed that wonderful experience.  I met new new people and was able to experience a bit of the corporate world again.

 5.  My Son Left Us to Work Abroad

My son was eyeing for a job abroad even before his sister's 18th birthday and this is one of the reasons why we were a bit reluctant to hold a debut party for her.  We do not know exactly when he would leave.  Thanks God, everything happened on the right least when we were ready.  I had mixed emotions then.  A part of me was very sad since this will be his first time to live alone in a foreign land considering that he is just 22.  On the other hand, I was also feeling very excited and happy for him as he is already one step closer to his dream.

 6.)  We've Taken The Risk of Investing

I was long planning to diversify my investments but I don't know which way to choose.  I've invested some of my earnings for the minor renovations and improvement of our rental property and also to complete the payment for another lot which we also intend to use for rental.  Most of my savings from my previous job went there.  I only had a little left for myself but it's okay.  I've managed to get an online job and blogging is still good to me as it continually gives me extra earnings every month. August of 2015, I've tried to take the risk of investing in mutual funds and I even encouraged my daughter to give it a try as well.

7.)  My Son Get A Promotion

After less than 6 months of working abroad, my son was offered a promotion.  This was unexpected. Neither he or me expected such a thing.  He sent me a message one day and asked my opinion about the promotion, he was having second thoughts whether he would take the challenge or not.  I advised him to give it a try, after all the Boss will not consider him for the position if they didn't see any potential in him.  He assumed the position of Planning and Development Manager under 1 month probation effective November of 2015.

8.)  My Husband Spent Christmas and New Year At Home

After so many years, hubby finally spent Christmas and New Year at home.  His kind of job took that opportunity from him.  In their company, they have to take turns in applying for annual leave, so it's quite impossible to be at home during Christmas every year.  Finally, he got the chance and we could not describe the excitement in his face, he was really happy specially that he was allowed to have 3 months vacation.

9.)  I Was Hooked Into Reading

Reading has been a consistent habit this year.  I was able to read more than a dozen of books and still have a lot more saved in my Kindle.  Reading is a very good way of entertaining yourself, not to mention that you have a lot more to acquire from reading especially in terms of knowledge and information.  I vow to continue doing the same thing this year.

10.)  Our House Got A New Look

It has been part of our plan to introduce a  major improvement in the house last 2015.  We have long been saving money for these projects.   Hubby purposely applied for a 3 month vacation so he could help me supervise all the construction works.  We had an expansion in the dining area and added a new room in the second floor of the garage but until now, the construction works is still ongoing.  Hopefully everything will be completed by end of January this year.  Around 50% of the projects are already completed and we are looking forward to finally see the finished project soon.  We had the garden covered with canopy and installed tiles in the entire garden and laundry area.  We also repainted the entire house interior and exterior.  Soon, we will be giving our bathroom a new look.  We are hoping to finish everything before my son arrived for his home leave.  

The year 2015 has been a great year for me, it was full with great surprises and I would like to thank everyone who had been a part of it.

Thank you for this amazing year!  Cheers to a better 2016!

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