Friday, March 23, 2012

Mother's Day Gift Basket

Next to Valentine's Day, Mother's Day is probably the next most "flowered" day. The traditional gift for mothers is usually flowers. And maybe dinner. Sometimes even appliances -- which some think are not really gifts for mom but for the family. LOL. It's probably a better idea to think of a Mother's Day Gift Basket with a set of things that mom loves and appreciates. Not only is this more thoughtful, it may actually turn out less expensive since you don't join in the mad dash to get flowers. And maybe dinner at home. Lovely.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Watch out for summer diseases

It's summer! You see sunglasses instead of umbrellas for sale, sweaters and jackets getting ditched, and people making plans for that long awaited Holy Week break. What you have to watch out for are the diseases that sneak up on you in the summer months. Diarrhea and conjunctivitis have a particularly higher incidence during these months. Foods spoil easily in the heat, so make sure they are kept in the refrigerator when not consumed. Water should be boiled properly. These are practical measures to prevent diarrhea. Handwashing is always important in the prevention of both the diarrhea and the conjunctivitis. Stay healthy and have a great summer, everyone!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Better video watching experience on your PC

For people who love to watch videos on their laptops, tablets or other mobile devices, do check out the free vlc download page.  Why?  Well, for one, it's free!  You can't go cheaper than free :).

VLC promises to deliver a better video watching experience for everything from Blu Rays to MP3.  They promise high quality pictures and subtitling.  It's supposed to be simple to use and fast.  Good news for somebody like me who does not have the time to grapple with technicalities and would just rather leave that stuff to the man in the house, who incidentally has an earlier version of VLC.  I will have to tell him about this newer version so that we can have ours upgraded.

If any of you has any reviews on this product, do post it here.  :)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Invest an OFW's remittances

I think most of us have the notion that a friend/relative/acquaintance has it better and easier than us. But what we probably do not know is that they have made their own sacrifices in order to be where they are. For example, while salaries in other countries is higher than here in the Philippines, people who go abroad aren't exactly picking up gold bullions but are working hard to hopefully provide enough for their families.

That's why I think it is never a good idea to just depend on remittances and not build a nest egg using those remittances. If possible, set up a business or invest rather than use up the money to buy luxuries that go out of style and don't provide you with a continuing source of income. In other words, have a plan B. Something might happen to the breadwinner, ordinary things like getting old or sick or something, or unexpected things like an accident. And then, where would you be? And of course, you'd want your loved one to be able to come home for good, don't you? So make his/her sacrifice worthwhile.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

General or specialty?

I was looking at the site of goulds pump. They sell all types of pumps and pump accessories. Pumps for the homes too but mostly pumps for various industries, a lot of which I know zilch about. They are a specialist in pumps. They do not offer anything else.

Businesses and professional practices may be general or specialized.  Both have advantages and disadvantages.   Being a generalist is like being a jack of all trades, you have a bit of everything.  The drawback to this is that can't really have an in depth knowledge of any of them.  Specialists, however, know almost everything to know about 1 thing, but not too much about others.

A general store, or a specialty shop? A general practitioner?  Or a subspecialist?  Both could work.  You just have to find which one works better for you.

Friday, February 17, 2012

POS system

I don't have a physical storefront (yet!) but if and when I decide that it's time to expand my online business (, I'd prefer to have a proven Retail POS System in place from the start. That's so I can have a more organized system of keeping records of sales, inventory updates and such.

I come from a family of business people and I've seen how complicated the manual system is. And converting from a manual system to a computerized system midway is even more daunting! I should know, I've been trying to get a good system for my online biz. I'm trying out different systems and getting dizzy in the process! Good thing multiply now has a great system in place so I'm happy. But I need another one to organize everything since not everybody buys from me via multiply. So far sohoos seems promising. If only I have the time to explore it further!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Back from being AWOL

Gasp.  I've ignored my blogs for so long.  I know the Christmas season was especially busy since December 25 and January 1 both fall on Sundays, but I really did not expect that I would not have time even for blogging. So even if I did see some great deals and tips, whether it's about a new restaurant or about rv repair, I haven't been able to blog about it. Even my family blog and medical blog is way way neglected. So now, my February resolution (since New Year's is over) is to get back into the blogging groove. Keeping my fingers crossed that this will work out!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Insurance, again

It's the time of the year when we are being charged again for our premiums on our insurance plans. Truth be told, I need a good insurance agent who would remind me about these deadlines and would explain to me things like cd annuity rates in laymen's terms, since they are very confusing for me most of the time.

In any case, I make sure my insurance is up to date.  With tragedies occurring left and right, we really do not know what is in store for us.  My husband and I would like our kids to be well provided for in case something untoward happens to us.  I hope not, though, not while they are small and still cannot fend for themselves but of course I really cannot tell.  That's why we religiously pay our dues to make sure they wouldn't be destitute in case of such situations.

Holidays in the Metro

For some reason, Christmas this year just doesn't feel as joyous as the previous years. Maybe it's because Christmas Day and New Year's Day fall on Sundays, which mean that there is practically no additional free day. Quite a bummer actually. While I love my work and actually like being able to don my discount scrubs and get into the OR, there are really times that you just want to take it easy.

Well, I guess we can still enjoy ourselves as a family and within Metro Manila.  My son got a couple of tickets for a "train ride" at Active Fun so we'll probably find time to go there.  There's a deal on Ace Water Spa that I might just avail of (click on this link to join cashcashpinoy if you're not a member yet).  I also saw a deal on Hotel H20 that I would like but the inclusive dates do not include the next few days.

I am so glad there are just so many choices today, hence staying in the Metro for BOTH work and play seems like a good idea!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Online Christmas shopping!

It really is not easy to shop for Christmas gifts when you just do not have the time to do so. I'm now doing a lot of my shopping online. While it may not be the cheapest way to do shopping, it may actually save me more in the long run since I am saving time and gasoline, not to mention my effort. I shop online, order the things I'm interested in, pay for it online, and it gets sent to my doorstep! Hassle free!

Of course, not everything can be bought online.  There is also the matter of expiring gift certificates which I have to use soon, so I'll probably still buy some gifts at the mall.

But it does make things so much easier, and I'm not panicking, because I know that when there are time constraints, I can actually still have gifts ready for the people I would like to give them to.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Why I'm choosing to commute this season

My car was rear ended by a bus last Saturday during a bad traffic jam. My husband got angry with me for not reporting the matter to the police. I reasoned that at the time I did not think that it would help. Anyway, the car was not damaged much, just a little paint was chipped off and I really hate the hassle of going to a police station. But later, I realized that I may need some auto estimating for damages that may not be so obvious. After the incident, I get a general warning sign whenever I try to use the car. I haven't figured out what's wrong, but my husband's guessing that the accident probably damaged my rear lights. Sigh. That means we have to spend for essentially, an accident that was not my fault. Grrrrrrr! Good thing I have insurance. I do believe in karma and if the driver continues with this sort of attitude, he'll meet his match in somebody much less forgiving than I am.

In the meantime, I'll probably just commute.  Pre Christmas traffic is really really bad and riding the MRT would be much faster anyway.  And of course, I don't want to risk another incident like that.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Short getaway for us

Our little family took advantage of the long "Undas" weekend to take a short breather from our daily routines. It's not often that we get such a chance. We simply went to nearby Tagaytay via a short 1 and a half hour drive. We simply borrowed a relatives' house, did our own cooking. Our kids loved playing in the playground (free!) and it was so much more fun when it was cold. They were able to run about in the village's deserted streets, which we don't get to do back in the city. How much did we shell out for such a trip? Let me put it this way, the money spent for the food for 5 adults and 2 kids for the 4 day 3 night trip would have lasted us only 1 night in wood cabins and log beds. And did we enjoy ourselves? Tremendously! There are ways of having a great time without spending a lot!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

No prohibited drugs

It seems like a no-brainer that one should not get involved with prohibited drugs -- to put it bluntly, they do bad things to your body at a high price and you develop a dependence to it. Getting out of it is not easy too, there are simply not too many drug rehab treatment centers around, and you do need to have some resources in order to stay there for the time it takes to try to clear off the drug habit AND not work at the same time. So, it sometimes is a puzzle on why some people would willingly enter into the "drug trap", as I would like to call it. Maybe it's the thrill? Or is it an escape from reality? It might be difficult to get a person to say why he went into the habit in the first place. As a parent, I would like my kids to be secure enough, happy enough, and knowledgeable enough about the consequences in order that they won't fall into it. Correction: it's our duty to make sure that they don't. Because you lose so much when you become a drug dependent.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Live a little

I feel bad that we do not have the budget yet to buy the things that we WANT. I know we should be thankful that we can now more or less finance out needs like food, clothing and shelter, but luxuries and wants like an all terrain with atv power steering, new cellphones and laptops and gadgets like Ipads are still not practical for us at this point. I'd like to think that we should sometimes "live a little" and enjoy the finer things in life, however, for people like us who watch over the budget like a hawk, it's crucial not to spend too much on wants, especially when the "needs" will have to be compromised. Do not deprive yourself. While you may not be able to afford the high end toys and gadgets, small pleasures like eating in a nice restaurant once in while is a nice treat to make you feel good about yourself. I believe ti also gives you a boost so you get more energy working. A little splurge now and then makes for a better frame of mind. Just do not overdo it.

Online shopping for Christmas

Christmas is knocking on our doors, so some people have started on their Christmas lists. Now, more and more people are turning to online shopping as an alternative way to buy presents as people have less and less time to go shopping in the malls. I like that, actually! It's a lazy person's (like me) way to shop. You do not have to go to a mall, park (which becomes even more difficult at this time of the year), look all day for the perfect gift, line up at the cashier. In a lot of circumstances, you actually save on money if you factor in the money you have to pay for gasoline, parking, and time spent away from doing other things. Another benefit of online shopping is that you can buy gifts for your loved ones residing abroad. Red Envelope is a good site with a great gift selection. There are also discounts available only to online purchasers, of course you have to know how to redeem coupons on RedEnvelope in order to get the benefits. As for the local setting, there are now several options available. You can either shop at multiply, ebay or sulit. Technology certainly has made shopping for gifts so much easier!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Who's using my computer?

One of the reasons why I could not log on as often as I want to (and hence update my blogs) is because a little person has been elbowing me out for position in front of my laptop. I'm pretty proud of him, actually, because he was able to google video games. Good thing he plays games like Angry Birds and some puzzle games which are not only safe but I think quite beneficial to him as he was able to think. I wonder if there would come a time when he'd look at the call of duty modern warfare 3 reviews but I'm hoping not now yet, after all, he's only 6 years old. This is the time when my defective laptop is an advantage. The laptop sometimes stops when he uses it (there's some subtle positioning that you should do so it doesn't shut down) so it kinda limits his use. And he can't turn it on because the power switch is broken. I have to use a screwdriver to turn it on. So if your computer has some small problems and you have small kids who might compete with you for computer use, this might even be an advantage!

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A part time ophthalmologist, part time micro business owner, part time graduate student and FULL TIME MOM struggling to find balance in the confusing world of multitasking :)