Monday, June 22, 2020

Happy Father's Day! :)

We learn so much from the fathers in our life so I thought about sharing these with you dear readers.

Happy Father's Day! <3








Thursday, June 11, 2020

Pluviophile Mommy

It's raining again!! :) Sometime during the lockdown I posted an FB story that little drizzles are actually my favorite. It surprised me that I also have some friends who share the same love for rain. :)

Call me sentimental - grey skies, tip-tapping, rain boots and a jacket....oooh, I just love haha <3

While many adore the sun, I, on the other hand, feel so recharged when it's raining (of course, not the ultra-stormy kind). It makes me feel more at peace and productive as well. Thought it was weird at first...but there was actually a study that shows Why Bad Weather Means Good Productivity. I loved it so much I use it often with my students back when I was still in University.

Definitely brings me back to my grade school days. I'd be ready in my uniform, only to see the school bus make a U-turn because classes are cancelled. Then I'd go on pretending that I'm in some sort of a boarding school, tidy up my bed and read a book. Such happy times!


When I was in the corporate world, I would ACTIVELY seek out protective gear too! I got Pluey's rain boots in a houndstooth design...if it wasn't too expensive I might have imported Hunter boots as well (and go on imagining stomping on mud in Glastonbury Festival). And the only reason I got caught out during Ondoy? Yup, my kikay self making a mad dash for a rain jacket in the mall. Lol!

I guess now that we've experienced this pandemic in our lifetime, we can safely say that life doesn't serve us just light drizzles
  • Sometimes it can be a super-bagyo level where we won't ever feel sentimental, recharged, or even productive. 
  • Sometimes it will be too muddy to even lift a foot up and move forward. 
So what do we do? We take it one step at a time. Whether you need just an umbrella or a trench coat with boots too, the important thing is to take that crucial first step. 

Through drizzles or stormier weather, here for you :)





Note: Mommy Madz of Mommy MeowMeow Blog is a Financial Advisor of PRU Life U.K. Essentially PRUdent is her Facebook Page that is dedicated to helping women and young families plan for their goals and create protection programs. While her EssentiallyPRUdent.com site is still under construction, she uses this platform to be able to share financial wellness to others :)

Monday, June 1, 2020

How I Disinfect my Home Workout Equipment

You know that funky gym-equipment smell (think back to your gym-going days...you know, pre- quarantine time)? 

You almost want to turn back and head home but sayang yung outfit and yung travel going to the gym :)



Now that we are mostly indoors, we still try to keep up with our workout routine. There are times when I don't feel motivated at all. For me, a good motivator (aside from food haha) would be a ready and clean set of home work-out gear and equipment.

At home I'm following HIIT exercises and there are mostly floor exercises. Imagine all the sweat going to the mat. Yikes! At first I just clean it with soapy-watered rag but since we have a steam mop anyway, I tried it and it makes me feel secure that my mat really is clean. After all:

"Based on scientific data and experiments, steam is effective in killing and eliminating up to 99.99% of viruses1 from surfaces" (https://www.polti.co.uk/)

So alam na...when bacteria 🦠 in our skin mixes with sweat and transfers to our exercise mat, it's really a no-no 🙅🏻‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️ to just leave it there to dry. We really have to clean our home equipments too. You don't want that funky gym-odor in your home workout equipment right?

My Workout Equipment Cleaning Routine:

1. After a homeworkout, I clean the mat with soapy-watered cloth.

2. Rinse the cloth with water and use the same now-clean cloth to rinse the soap out of your mat

3. If you have a steam mop, use the small attachment to steam mop the  surface of your exercise or yoga mat. (We use POLTI PH Vaporetto Smart 40 Steam Mop. I got it from Lazada back in 2018) This is also the attachment we use for steaming our pillows and mattress. This model also has a bigger attachment to steam mop floors and carpets.

4. Air-dry it.

5. Don't just roll the length of the mat! 

6. Fold the mat in half, making sure that the clean part is inside, then roll it from the fold.

7. If you have a garter / velcro / thick string, use it to tie the rolled mat.

That's it! :)

Let's keep healthy and keep viruses and bacteria away! :D  🏃🏻‍♀️ 




P.S. We're using BodyBoss.com HIIT exercises at home :)

P.P.S. This is not a sponsored post

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Online Road to Financial Wellness (Mar. 30 5PM via Zoom)

Hello Mommies!!!! :)

Pause muna tayo sa Netflix...kahit for 30minutes lang :) In that 30 minutes, you can learn more about how you can improve your family's personal finance. In 30 minutes you can learn ano ang puwede pang ika-ginhawa ng pamilya for now and the future. See you tomorrow!  :)

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Like how we "Konmari" our physical stuff, we always have the power to change and improve our 'financial narrative'.

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We invite you to our online and free 𝓡𝓸𝓪𝓭 𝓽𝓸 𝓕𝓲𝓷𝓪𝓷𝓬𝓲𝓪𝓵 𝓦𝓮𝓵𝓵𝓷𝓮𝓼𝓼 session via ZOOM app (https://zoom.us/join👩‍💻👨‍💻  sd

You know you have a lot of time on your hands. You know that you have nowhere to go for now. You know that there are still things you want to improve on.

So what will your 30-minutes be worth? I sincerely hope you can make it a time for planting tomorrow 

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Homeschooling: Our Fully Booked Haul!

Hello Mommies! 

It's been so long since my last blog yikes! I used to think that I'd be able to blog here and there with little pockets of time but as it turns out...what time?? Hahaha :)

So to get me out of this blogging slump, I'm sharing with you the books we got from Fully Booked in Gateway Mall QC.



Full disclosure: I'm not really supposed to buy ANY book at all because I'm in saving-for-the-rainy-days and too-many-books mode. But with books, oh I could justify to tralala-land!

First is WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. I was so happy to see a commemorative edition with the Caldecott Medal in gold foil. A book that receives a Caldecott Award means it has been voted by school librarians - which shows further just how much kids loved it because of multiple library check-outs.

This book was even banned some 50 years ago (?) but eventually they saw the value in what it teaches kids.

When I was younger, I shied away from this book because I didn't want to scare myself. But now that I'm a mom..oooh, I just had to read it to my kids. Not to scare them no..hehe.. more of to show them or help them visualize or see their tantrums and emotions when being reprimanded.

It tells a story of kids dealing with tantrums and how they can get back from that wild place when they feel their parents' / guardians' love and understanding.

That gold foil? Hmmm..let's just say that I looked away for 1 quick sec and E started scratching at it.

Next in temper and behavior modeling book is LITTLE DINOS DON'T HIT. It's part of a series (others being Don't Yell, Don't Bite, etc.). It's a board book that's a quick read. As in super quick! I do hope it gets the message accross to the kids.



For myself (siyempre hindi pwedeng wala hahaha) I got the LOVE THE FUR YOU'RE IN. It's a compilation of Sesame Street illustrations with witty or inspirational quotations. Pagbigyan na ang mommy, I think I need it hehe. 

Truth be told, I think I'm the one who enjoys the kiddie books more than the kids themselves! LOL! I love it even more when it features vintage illustrations that just take me back to another time :) Such nostalgia...

Probably the star of this loot is the USBORNE JUNIOR ILLUSTRATED ENGLISH DICTIONARY & THESAURUS.

Just to share a rant - why don't we have nice dictionaries anymore?? Yeah I know, digital wave...but still, I really prefer having a book version in our home. 

Side chika: My grandpa gave my mom an encyclopedic-sized dictionary for her 16th birthday and I wish to be able to also do that for my kids. Sa totoo lang, bakit parang ako yung touched? Haha! That's why the books I give them usually have dedications too! :)

I've started looking for one in National Bookstore but the available ones are not age appropriate for little kids (font size and a bit boring haha).

Now THIS!! It's not the most comprehensive but personally I still think that it's the most suitable one for the kids. The font sizes are alright, alphabet delineations are clear, includes lots of pictures, groups thesaurus entries in a logical fashion. Simply the best I've seen in a while. The price is a bit expensive at PhP 1,500 level vs. simpler ones that go for PhP 200...but again, we get what we pay for.

This time, little Z was too happy! The way you can't pry the dictionary off her, you'd think it was a story book of some sort :D

My verdict: If you have extra funds, get this dictionary for your kids! It's really something that they'll enjoy and thoroughly learn from. Also gets them started on how to alphabetize words and also, learn how to look for answers to their inquiries of "what does this mean, Mommy?"





Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Why do I feel pregnant??

"Duhh?!?!?!" Hahaha..I know exactly what you're thinking LOL! :)

I've been in this am-I-preggo-or-not limbo for close to 2 weeks and it's really driving me crazy! Yaaahh!! You know that crucial moment when it's too early to tell from a home pregnancy test (hpt) or beta serum hcg determination (blood test) whether you are or aren't and yup - I'm in THAT zone!


Been searching all over the net too for definitive signs but they all come with disclaimers..why o why haha. What's a "feeling preggers" mom to do? Since Daddy A hit the sack, then I'll continue my rambling here :)

What symptoms am I having?


Number one on my list is just a weird feeling in the lower abdomen. Not the fluttery kind. Definitely no kicks in there yet. It's just weird in the sense that sometimes it feels like there is and at the same time there isn't anything in there. No bloating though! 

Second would be a pinching feeling when I stand for long periods. Like a very small but heavy pinch that won't go away. I'm actually alarmed by this because it's somehow similar to the subchorionic hemorrhage a.k.a. "internal bleeding" (SCH) when I had my 2nd. This intensified when we travelled to Pampanga for work. 

Another would be some *TMI here* sort of spotting. By all accounts, it definitely is off-sched to have a very early spotting, but there you go! At this point I already got in touch with my OB, Dr. Menefrida Reyes. I know from experience that if ever, it still is too early to see anything from a trans-V ultrasound so she recommended for me to get a serum beta hcg determination..it's a blood test that is more sensitive than an HPT. I got it from Hi-Precision for PHP 760.00. I asked from Metro Hospital and they quoted PHP 1,200 for the hcg test. --> The test came out negative and I'm supposed to do a repeat after a week.

Of course, there are all sorts of miscellaneous symptoms: nausea on the 3rd day, a surprising craving for pancit (I'm especially drawn to North Park's Lo Mien now), Spiderman super sense of smell. The last one is funny because when we were in San Fernando, I smelled the tenant's cooking as if they were doing it right in front of me! So weird!!

Finally, a girl name just suddenly came to mind. I told Daddy A about it and per usual, he said I may be too imaginative haha. 

How do I feel about this?

These past 2 weeks have been going on so sloooowww.. Like c'mon, can't I take the next pregnancy test already? It's so tiring to think and think hahaha. But if ever we really are pregnant, I think we've got a lot on our plate. 

It's gonna change so much of the family dynamics that we have now. I don't know yet how to deal as I came from a 2-child household...

But then again, are these early symptoms (as I call them) mother's instinct being our potential 3rd pregnancy? If so, it's so awesome to know you're pregnant before any scientific test says that you are. Right??

And if not...well, I guess I can humor myself and Daddy A with all my so-called symptoms and imagination in overdrive hahaha :)

So...

This is really just an over-all weird feeling or awareness that I hope we can confirm soon. Even then, I'm already praying for a safe baby, mommy, pregnancy, childbirth and our whole family. Everyday I feel it's a struggle to raise 2 kids, more will be a challenge but I know we can get through this with God's help.

Am I just thinking these things up? Maybe, maybe not?...Who knows?!?!?!

Mommies, share naman if you also felt something like this :)



P.S. It's my birthday next Monday...woohoo!!! Cheers to 35!!! :) 

P.P.S. I'm sooo nervous to his Publish but here we go!! 

Monday, September 2, 2019

Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant - my kinda ramen!

When they say "food is life", they're not wrong, you know! ;p

Waiting a few minutes before the restaurant opens


Early this year I have joined an organization and have been a proud Pru Life U.K. Financial Consultant since (Wooohooo!!!).

(Follow me on my Essentially PRUdent FB Page)

I love the advocacy, I love the people I work with and to complete the triumvirate...I also absolutely love our office at Ayala North Exchange (ANEX) a.k.a. the former parking lot of Makati Medical Center :D

Enjoying great food with a great team - Pru Life U.K.'s Amber branch

WHY WHY WHY??? Just visit and you'll be super amazed with the choice retailers / food concessionaires in the building. We've got staples such as Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, milk teas, Bread Talk, Potato Corner, Banapple, Mama Lou's, Floating Island, Botejyu, Denny's, Chicken Peri-Peri, Italliani's and the one that has captured my heart este my tummy - Watami Japanese Casual Dining! Wooosaaah!!



Left: Watami ANEX interiors; Right: Watami Miso Ramen


I've been to Watami a couple of times already and do you know what sealed the deal for me? It's their SPICY MISO RAMEN. I can eat it all week! No kidding!! 

Who knew that their perfect combination of long-simmered broth, peanut butter and toban djan (chili bean paste) could hit the right spot in my gut?!?

I'm not a ramen connoisseur but this is definitely my type! Hahaha :) 


My love... Watami's Spicy Miso Ramen with Chashu Pork and Egg

Of course, let's not forget about their super soft chasu pork and soft boiled egg. Waah!! I was in heaven for the half hour that I was delighting in my precious ramen :D 

The price at PHP 395 --> it's not pang petsa-de-peligro fare but personally I will say that the price is reasonable.

Will I go back? Most definitely! It's spicy but not the in-your-face type wherein you won't be able to feel your mouth for a long time :) 

Any other ramen recommendations from you guys?

P.S. Here was my ramen 'date'. I'm a BIG bag kind of gal. So when I need to run errands far away, I feel the need to lug everything with me LOL! Perhaps for another post I can share the why's and why not's of this choice. So far this TNF bag has been serving me well :)

Maybe I'll also share my personal challenge of just sticking to a right-sized bag (for me) and what I put in it. ;)


Commuting with all 34L TNF Router backpack :)

PPS. Not a sponsored post. I just really love their spicy ramen so much so that I broke my blogging hiatus just to share with you ha :D

Jaa ne! :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

What quote do you live by?




"If there is a better solution...FIND IT."

These are some wise words by a wise man, Thomas A. Edison.

I remember way back in grade school, when my mom and I were looking around at a bookstore and this exact quote really caught my eye. I knew I had to immediately ask her if we can buy the printed quote. It was the 90's after all  And this quote has been plastered on my door since that day.

This quote really means a lot to me. It does not say to simply persevere or to try try again. It tells us that after trying so hard or exhausting our efforts, we take a step back and REFLECT on it. Did we achieve our goal? Are we happy about it? Is this it? Did we do the right thing? Did we do things right? Is this the best we could put out there? Is there something MORE we need to do?

I think seeing this quote daily, helped me to carry this sense of introspection from childhood, to when I started working in the corporate world, to being a teacher, a wife, a mother, a home maker, and all other personal "reinventions". Far from asking perfection from us, this simply reminds us that "hey, if there is even one little bit sense of uncertainty or 'undoneness' in what you are doing..feel free to search, keep on experimenting even, until you find peace, find satisfaction in your work."

Likewise as mothers, we sometimes doubt and maybe feel that our monthly budget may not be enough. We sometimes get to that point where you know your family can afford most things but you know for certain that a few unforeseen circumstances can drive a wedge between that budget and your peace of mind.

Example:
-car batteries running out (PHP 5k)
-helper / yaya suddenly resigns (remaining salary + portion of 13th month pay + benefits + pamasahe)
-illness / hospitalization (can set you back at least PHP 10k per day for room, profession fees, meds)
-surge in electricity bills (can easily double during the summer months)

Wow, right?! And let's not forget the escalating education costs.

As mommies, we equally have a lot of weight on our shoulders too, like our husbands/partners. Whether we are working or staying at home, a lot of planning and budgeting goes through our hands.

Acknowledging our situation is a good start. Awareness of our current "solutions" is good too so we can REFLECT - is it still the right thing to do? Is there something more that needs to be done?

Translating that to real life:
-Is it enough to cut back on shopping?
-Is it enough to have money just in the bank?
-Have we made plans or provisions to protect our family's income?
-Is there another way of increasing our income?
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Dear mommies, know that THERE IS A BETTER SOLUTION.
And we are here to help you and your family find it 
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

How Not To Die - A book that had me "shookt"

Pardon the "feeling millennial" reference but it's true!

In my memory there are only a few books that shocked me in my life. First is the Swiss Family Robinson for being the first full-length novel I had chosen for my Grade 6 book report. Emphasis on the length hahahaha..what was I thinking then? Next is The Lovely Bones well, for being what it is..I definitely wasn't able to have peace of mind nor had decent sleep midway into that book. 

And now in my mid-30's, I've been absolutely shocked (in a very good way) by what I have read in Dr. Michael Greger's How Not To Die book! I know most of you would be too!

How Not To Die 
In what way you ask? It is in a manner that has me literally questioning what have I been doing my whole life. Specifically, what have I been eating?? Shudders!! 

In essence, this book is organized by the top modern diseases that plague people. From coronary heart disease, lung disease, brain disease, digestive cancers, infections, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease, blood cancers, kidney disease, breast cancer, suicidal depression, prostate cancer, and Parkinson's disease. It also discusses why it happens, and how we can avoid it. Emphasis now on the fact that we have the power to avoid it. 

As a mom who prepares meals for her family, this is truly very significant information for me. This book is so powerful that it convinced me and my husband to gradually transition to the recommended 'whole food, plant-based diet' to better improve our health. I really feel blessed to have 'stumbled upon' this book after watching Netflix health documentaries. 

Here are some of the things that I learned from this book:

  1. That not only can we prevent most of these diseases, we can actually reverse them. This mentions a case wherein "...even without weight loss, a plant-based diet can enable those who have had type 2 diabetes for decades get off all their insulin injections in as few as two weeks."
  2. It guides us on what ingredients to cut back on: *ahem* salt, oil, animal products.
  3. It also shows us what kind of food we should eat more of. Specifically Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen of: beans, berries, other fruits, cruciferous veggies, greens, other veggies, flaxseeds, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, whole grains, beverages, and exercise.
  4. Moderation kills. I thoroughly appreciate how they offer the research-based data and let the reader decide for themselves whether to go all in with the change in diet, go 50-50 or don't change at all. "You can choose moderation and hit yourself with a smaller hammer, but why beat yourself up at all?"
  5. "A heart-healthy diet is a brain-healthy diet is a lung-healthy diet...unlike drugs - which only target specific functions, can have dangerous side effects, and may only treat the symptoms of disease - a healthy diet can benefit all organ systems at once, has good side effects, and may treat the underlying cause of illness."
  6. Waist-to-Height Ratio (WHtR) "The circumference of your belly should be half your height - ideally, less" this has been recommended as an alternative or as an adjunct to BMI
  7. On smoothies: "...blending is better than juicing to preserve nutrition. Juicing removes more than just fiber."
And soooo much more if you get to read it.

I got the kindle e-book version so luckily I didn't realize it was a long read. Despite the length, obviously I was so hooked. So much so that I think I bought 4 of it already - the e-book version, 2 I gave as gifts and 1 is the cookbook version. It is that life-changing that I sincerely want all my family and friends to get a chance to read it. 

My knowledge and perspective on "Preventive Health" is now on a different level, thanks to this book. I'm also glad that they recognize the fact that although the title is catchy, it could be a misnomer as we will all go eventually. Dr. Greger acknowledges that "it's about how not to die prematurely and that we have a tremendous power over our health destiny". Even in it's conclusion, the book is so full of wisdom. As they interviewed the president of the American College of Cardiology in 2015 on why he chose to eat a strictly plant-based diet, he said that "I don't mind dying, I just don't want it to be my fault."

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Mommies (and Daddies too!), I really urge you to read this book and research more on proper nutrition (Netflix and Youtube has lots of health docus). 

There is a great sense of peace knowing that we are the gate-keepers to our family's best health. That we are doing right by them, and are giving our husband/partner and kids the best start in life.

And you know what else can give you that peace of mind? It is in knowing that your family is protected too for other eventualities :)

When it comes down to it, we can borrow Dr. Kim William's words:

"I don't mind dying, I just don't want it to be my fault - that my kids / family is left unprovided for."

As we have plan for our nutrition, let's also plan for our family's financial wellness. Know that you have the power and are also responsible for your family's financial health. 

All the best! :)

#PruLifewithMadzLim
Talk to the #WomanFromThePRU



Disclaimer: This simple book review is not medical advise. Kindly consult your physician or health practitioner.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

10 Extravagances People Pay For

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", they say. 

One of my favorite influencers recently polled in Twitter on the top extravagances his followers pay for. Some of the responses were pretty standard (coffee, tuition), some made me nod my head and say "Yeah, I agree" (like for direct flights) and still there were some that managed to surprise (I won't spoil it here)! 




What this shows is that although we have different tastes for little or big luxuries, this is still a part of life that we can't avoid. And maybe we really shouldn't. I would even suggest that this be part of what we plan and save for. 

In fact, treating ourselves to any of these personal rewards seem to make all our days' hard work much sweeter and adds more life to our daily living :) 

Check out the list below and let me know if these are also some 'extravagances' that you can relate to :)

1 & 2. High end Tea & Coffee





I love love love tea too!!  And I agree with the poster, I'm saving up too for a nice Zojirushi electric teapot with different temperature settings. Tea-lover Mommies check it out!! 

Of course, high-end doesn't always have to be expensive, right? As mommies, we can still enjoy high-quality coffee beans and tea leaves while still being frugal at the same time. The key is to know where to get your supply and also to know how to properly brew your coffee or steep your tea. That is, if you can forego the coffee shop ambiance, and just DIY at home for an everyday frugal but luxurious experience.


 3.  Premium Clothes



I agree! While I'd love to continue using my old clothes (or even re-purposing them after their useful life), clothes can make a difference not only in the way people see you but more importantly in how you feel about yourself.

Again, as with the first example, premium clothes doesn't always have to be brand-name screaming with prices up in the stratosphere. For me, premium clothing means something that is measured to your size, designed to complement your physique and aesthetic and with materials that are durable and still weather- event- appropriate. What I'm proposing may be contrary to 'fast-fashion' but if you learn to sew even just for yourself, then you are well on your way to making made-for-you premium clothing!

4. Personal Development



I super duper agree!! Personal Development can run the gamut of things! 

In connection with the premium clothing example I'd like to share (and am very proud hahaha) that last year, I learned how to sew using Youtube and Facebook groups. That's it! No formal training whatsoever and I have already turned out around 6 tops/dresses for me and my daughter. Only using professional patterns  which I bought/downloaded online ah! It really amazes me what we can accomplish if only we dare try :)

In 2019 I am more focused on professional growth. Sometimes books or seminar fees can add up but personally, It is worth it! By reading up or attending workshops, our knowledge and perspectives are infinitely broadened and we are changed people. That alone can open up new opportunities for us! 

5. Direct Flights



I don't fly out as much as I used to. And even then it was just minimal so I can't fully relate...But I understand how people would value their time by booking direct flights over $100 "savings".


6. Major investments like private school tuition



A Master's Degree, a child's tuition, or even a homeschooling package. It matters if it's a value your family upholds.

Did you know that you can homeschool your preschooler without really spending so much on anything? Yes, there are a lot of free worksheets you can download and print. Or maybe you have free access to a nice library. But admittedly, we always want to give more to our children depending on what we value. Like for our family, it is a must for them to learn Mandarin language so we give them that. We also prioritize quality picture-books as well as educational manipulatives at this age so we invest in packages that offer those. When we add the cost of both, it could very well equal private education too. It's craaaazy I know!!! Some relatives would ask - so given the comparative costs, why don't you just send them to traditional school? 

Yeah, why not, right? Well there is another "extravagance" we are paying for -- and that is time with our kids. More time with them than if we send them to school already. In this seeming zero-sum game, we might be losing out on (corporate) income opportunities while homeschooling but we feel that this time with the kids is priceless and of course we do hope that what they learn from our years of homeschooling (being together, home-making, cooking, working in our professional capacities), they can use to their advantage in their adulthood.


7 & 8. Special Treats and Experiences



Yes!! Milk tea anyone? 

Last year I invested in a very good machine. I say invest because the machine is pricey, but also because through it, we are also investing in our family's good health. I mean, as long as we keep buying healthy ingredients (like fruits, veggies, other superfoods) then we can always enjoy smoothies that are healthy, less expensive than retail, and OMG considered as treats by the kids! They are practically asking for their smoothies everyday! 

Now that we are going without a house helper yet, I'm thinking if we should just go ahead and try the various cleaning services in Manila. But!! The frugal side of me (yes, meron kahit konti! haha) is protesting saying that I can vacuum and steam mop and do it all myself. Hahaha...pero konti na lang, bibigay na ako sa cleaning companies hahaha :D

9. Living alone



Yup! For moms this could be the "leave and cleave" that we aspire for. Like with the direct flights, sometimes paying a little extra is worth so much more than headaches and misunderstandings.


10. A boat!



Whoa! Didn't I say there are surprising extravagances people pay for!? 



How about you? What are the personal extravagances that make you happy? 

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