Friday, May 29, 2015

Angelfields Nature Sanctuary




One of the best things about my current job is that I usually get Fridays off (like today!) and when my mom was still in town, that became our designated day to make pasyal. And since my ninang was also visiting, we took them both to Angelfields Nature Sanctuary in Silang Cavite.

This was actually our second time to go to Angelfields, but the first time we had to turn back because traffic was just horrible along the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay road! Apparently, there was an event at the PNP camp which led to the awful gridlock. Thankfully, our second time was a breeze and it took us less than an hour from Paranaque to get there.



My first thought when we arrived at Angelfields was: What is that monstrosity?!


As it turned out, they were in the middle of building a cathedral or something equally impressive. And expensive. The owners obviously have heaps and heaps of money to throw at this place.


My next thought was I should have brought my son because there was so much open space for him to run and roll around in.



I loved the building where you could find the restaurant and chapel. My husband said it looked like the house of a rich relative, the type of house which would always be the venue for reunions and get-togethers since it had that welcoming vibe to it.






I wasn't impressed with the food though, it was just ok for my non-discriminating palate. And skip the lava cake dessert, it was such a letdown.



Anyhoo, whatever may have been lacking in the food area was more than made up for by the scenery because there was just so much green. We sat around the garden after our lunch and I felt so relaxed that I was ready to doze off. Also, the fact that I got to spend time with my mom and ninang made the day extra special.



Here's to more daytrips and weekend escapades in the coming days ahead!

Angelfields Nature Sanctuary




One of the best things about my current job is that I usually get Fridays off (like today!) and when my mom was still in town, that became our designated day to make pasyal. And since my ninang was also visiting, we took them both to Angelfields Nature Sanctuary in Silang Cavite.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Blog Feature + Mom Blogging


 
I've been quoted in some blog posts before, but I've never had a full feature done on me, so of course it was a big deal when my feature came out on MoneyMax.ph. I'm sure celebs and big time bloggers brush off these kinds of things, but yours truly's heart skipped a little when I saw my feature for the first time. Yup, I'm cool and sophisticated like that.



Also, I found it great how the writer really went through my past posts to give her article context and not just publish my answers in Q and A form. It's nice to see that people these days still do their research after all. Thanks MoneyMax for the great feature :)


In other news, I've regained my blogging mojo thanks to the fact that I no longer write all day long for a living. I'm still not reviving Kikay Exchange though, that ship has long sailed, but I have started writing again for Mom Exchange. I wrote about Ace's second birthday party here.




I hope to write more about parenting topics soon, but my main agenda for writing again in Mom Exchange is to have a repository of my son's growing up years. When I browsed through the blog, I realized that I failed to document about a year's worth of memories and that pretty much kills me. I've been blogging for more than a decade now and have several blogs to show for my effort, but none dedicated to my son. How ironic right? That's why I'll be rectifying that ASAP.


Incidentally, the blog section of Mom Exchange is a group blog so other moms can open accounts to have their own personal diary for their little angels. Please click here to start your own Mom Exchange blog account.

Blog Feature + Mom Blogging


I've been quoted in some blog posts before, but I've never had a full feature done on me, so of course it was a big deal when my feature came out on MoneyMax.ph. I'm sure celebs and big time bloggers brush off these kinds of things, but yours truly's heart skipped a little when I saw my feature for the first time. Yup, I'm cool and sophisticated like that.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

How To Waive Credit Card Annual Fees

A few days ago, I asked for the reversal of my credit card's annual fee of Php2,250. Yesterday, I received a text message saying that my request for reversal was not approved but that they hoped I would still continue using the credit card so that I can qualify for waiver next year.


In your dreams.


How To Waive Credit Card Annual Fees

A few days ago, I asked for the reversal of my credit card's annual fee of Php2,250. Yesterday, I received a text message saying that my request for reversal was not approved but that they hoped I would still continue using the credit card so that I can qualify for waiver next year.

In your dreams.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Busy, Busy Saturday


Last Saturday, instead of puttering around the house to finish chores or visiting the BF Saturday market for breakfast, I prepared my son for a full day of fun and excitement over at his cousins' house. Mama has an event to go to in the morning and a bridal shower in the evening. Oh yes, social life here we come!

First up was brunch care of the people behind MoneyMax.ph, a.k.a. the Agoda or Skyscanner of car insurance. Money Max is basically a comparison website for car insurance. They do the comparing so you won't have to.

"MoneyMax.ph has been helping Filipino families save time and money since 2013. We are a website that provides up-to-date, unbiased information on essential financial products and educates consumers about them. Through MoneyMax.ph's comparison engine, it's easy to find great deals on car insurance premiums, housing loans, and other products."

Jorrit Koop, Managing Director of MoneyMax.ph, gave a brief talk and discussed in passing how his mother has been buying car insurance online for the past decade. He emphasized that it was inevitable that the Philippines will also follow the same path, with price comparison sites becoming the norm worldwide.


I fully support this development because it really is such a hassle to have to canvass car insurance prices (or any other type of insurance or service for that matter), but my question is as regards claims. Will MoneyMax be able to provide the needed assistance that a flesh and blood, dedicated insurance agent can?

From my family's experience, my parents were spoiled by our car insurance agent, Tito Romy, because he reminded my parents yearly when it was time to renew their insurance and took over when it came to claims. Can MoneyMax deliver as well as our Tito Romy?

After the brunch, I went down to attend the Family FQ Workshop by the Faustos. I was sadly unable to catch Marvin Fausto's talk but was just in time to hear Rose "The FQ Mom" Fausto give her piece.


It was inspiring to hear how she and her husband undertook to raise financially savvy and intelligent boys, but I was even more impressed when I listened to the Fausto boys. Martin, Enrique and Anton seemed so comfortable speaking before a big crowd and explained financial issues with ease, breaking them down into bite-sized pieces to make it easy even for the young children in the audience to grasp and comprehend.

I bought a copy of Rose Fausto's "Raising Pinoy Boys" and I hope that by reading it from cover to cover, my own son will be as well-rounded and financially literate as the Fausto boys. I'll try to make a separate review of her book soon.

And for the bridal shower, let me just say that I squealed and laughed so hard that night that I'm surprised my voice still sounded normal the following morning. Also, if someone needs a recommendation for a bridal shower "entertainer" then just get in touch with me and I'll gladly share the deets ;-)

Busy, Busy Saturday


Last Saturday, instead of puttering around the house to finish chores or visiting the BF Saturday market for breakfast, I prepared my son for a full day of fun and excitement over at his cousins' house. Mama has an event to go to in the morning and a bridal shower in the evening. Oh yes, social life here we come!

First up was brunch care of the people behind MoneyMax.ph, a.k.a. the Agoda or Skyscanner of car insurance. Money Max is basically a comparison website for car insurance. They do the comparing so you won't have to.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

So Near Yet So Far!




Maybe it's wrong to equate getting my first paycheck and my commuted leaves as the finish line, but that's how it really feels like at this point. It's as if I've been running this financial marathon these past two months, making do with what we have without touching my investments. Unexpected expenses like our car's battery dying and the resurrection of a headache which I honestly thought had long been dealt with, felt like punches to the gut. Let me reiterate again for the nth time how important it is to have a healthy stash in your emergency funds and believe you me that building up my emergency funds is the second thing I'll be doing, next to paying off my credit card bills, once my cash inflow becomes regular.


So Near Yet So Far!


Maybe it's wrong to equate getting my first paycheck and my commuted leaves as the finish line, but that's how it really feels like at this point. It's as if I've been running this financial marathon these past two months, making do with what we have without touching my investments. Unexpected expenses like our car's battery dying and the resurrection of a headache which I honestly thought had long been dealt with, felt like punches to the gut. Let me reiterate again for the nth time how important it is to have a healthy stash in your emergency funds and believe you me that building up my emergency funds is the second thing I'll be doing, next to paying off my credit card bills, once my cash inflow becomes regular.