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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Saving and Not Spending Too Much for the Big Day

My fiance and I have been saving our money for the BIG day. Well, I really don't want to spend all our savings for just 1 day. What I'm really excited about is to be able to buy the furniture I need for our little home.

We have pretty much the most important appliances and furniture but we are missing a couch for the living room, chairs, cabinets, a frame stand for my guitar, an extra bed and home a lot of home decors. Just imagine how much it will all cost.

I hope and pray we would be able to save more money than spend a lot of it for the wedding. I'm not really wanting to have grande wedding. I just want my family and friends to be there on that day. I'm hoping for a nice wedding and a budget wedding at the same time. I'm keeping my fingers crossed until the Big day! :D

Monday, October 24, 2016

Main ISP is Back Up and Running!

I got really anxious when I found out that my main ISP did not work the other night. I tried connecting to the internet, and... viola! PLDT has restricted my internet connection because of an unpaid bill.

I was furious because I always pay my bill early. Right after I receive the statement. And it's always done online. So there's no reason for them to restrict my internet connection.

And so I double checked my payment and the text message sent to my by PLDT. It turns out that I paid the bill for my previous account. It was actually my fault. I received calls from them on several occasions asking me for payment but didn't really pay much attention to it. I just let them know that I made my payment early this month and did not even check to which account the payment was sent.

Lesson learned: always check the account that I make payments for. Or else, I'll suffer the consequences.

I'm happy my internet is back up and running after 24 hours. Well, of course, I had to call their customer service 3 times. But still, it was my mistake. :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Thinking About a December Gift

December is fast approaching. Most employees are just not excited about the holiday feels but most of all, they are looking forward to the 13th month pay or bonuses that they are going to receive for the approaching month.

I, unfortunately, is not too excited about December. This is perhaps one of the disadvantages about working home-based. No mid-year and 13th month bonuses and no HMO. 

My full time employer did not give us bonus last year. So I am not expecting that our boss is going to send us one this year. Well, I am hoping he would. I might as well ask him after a month.

Just in case he will consider, I might buy myself a gift from guitar center christmas sale. It's about time to replace my old guitar. I am not too inspired to play the old one anymore because I get a lot of callouses on it. I need something easier to pluck and strum. Well it's about time for me to go back to singing and playing guitar and post some of my video in Youtube. Let the online portal become my stage. :)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

My New Home Is Still A Work In Progress

A 2-bedroom apartment painted in green - this is my new home.

I have a roomy dining and living room. I'm still trying to figure out how to make it really pretty. I have to manage my budget so I haven't bought a lot of stuffs yet. But I'm getting there.

I'm just happy that I am now living on my own again.

Nothing beats the feeling of being independent. I always find happiness to being able to decide on my own. There's a sense of fulfillment that comes with it. 

Some people may not understand why I moved out, again. But I don't care. What I know is that this is for our own good. My mom's house is just 5-10 minutes ride. It's not that far. I just have to have my own place that I can call my home.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Passion For Music Not Foregone

photo from Google Images

10 years ago, I was a band vocalist for 2 different bands. The one I was having gigs with during since college and the band I grew up with.I was really happy back then.

I remember how excited I always was whenever I have gigs. No matter how exhausted I was during the day, it felt like I have reserved energy for the 2-3 hours gig for the night. I was just happy that I was able to do what I was passionate about and share it to anyone who wanted to hear me sing.

Fast forward to today, I'm sitting in front of my desk, taking an hour break because I will be in another client interview for an additional home-based job. I don't even have the luxury of time to open Youtube and play my favorite songs. I'm working, as always.

To tell you honestly, my dream to be able to find my way back into the music world has not totally gone astray. I still want to be able to sing, play my guitar during my "me" time and even dream of being able to play the piano again. I may get myself a you raise me up sheet music. But that's after I purchase my own piano.

Now I'm being dreamy. I recently moved to a new apartment. Now buying a new piano would be on my list to purchase next year. I would love myself playing songs in my solitude with a piano.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Moving Out Soon!

I have been planning to move out of my Mom's house for months now. The plan is finally about to happen. 

I already paid 3 months advance rental for a nice apartment near my Church locale congregation. It's a 2-bedroom apartment with spacious living and dining room, 1 bath and a dirty kitchen. I'm really excited to be on my own again.

My boyfriend and I will be buying some things needed in my home today. If only I have a lot of money, I really would want to buy all of the things needed at once. We actually already started doing it a couple days ago. Shopping for the new home is fun and inspiring! I can't wait to make it feel like a real home, nice and cozy home.

Too bad, I can't bring Brandon to live with me because his Papa doesn't want that setup. So I guess, he can only visit and sleepover every now and then.

I'm really excited to have my life back. Lol! I know for sure that it's going to be less stressful and I would be able to manage my time well by then.

I Don't Sing Often, Anymore

Something is wrong. I don't sing that often anymore and I have not even touched my guitar for months now.

I'm too stressed out with work and being in the same house with my Mom and siblings make it more difficult for me to do what I love doing. I really want to live on my own again, to be quite honest

Downloading a musicians friend app on my Ipad Mini may help but I still won't be able to check out new musical instruments that I would be interested in because I will never have time for it. Even watching a movie from HBO has been difficult to do lately.

I feel like I am doomed. If I don't move out of this house, I will really get depressed. Just saying.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Badly In Need Of A Helper

image from Google

Helpers come and go in my household. I can't seem to find someone who would actually stick around and stay for good.

This is one of the dilemma I have right now. Working 2 jobs and also haggle time for my nephew and my boyfriend, I really don't have enough time to do the household chores. I badly need someone else to do it for me. Or else, I'll get sickly again.

I really hope I can find someone who will stay for good. Someone reliable and hardworking. I'm not difficult to deal with. But I guess the past helpers have difficulty adjusting to my Mom's mood. But I hope I pray I can find a helper soon.

Listening to The Weight's Break

Even though I work from home, I do not work during normal working hours here in the Philippines. My full time client is in the United States. So I have to work during U.S. working hours which is the graveyard shift here in the Philippines.

To keep myself awake, I sometimes listen to popular alternative music. Then I came across the song in Youtube called "Break" by The Weight.

The Weight is an American Indie-rock band which consist of lead singer and keyboardist Morgan Cornwell, rock violinist Adam DeGraff, bassist Stuart Hill and drummer Billy Ayres.

I like how the song began playing with violin strings. It was really cool! The violin was actually played all throughout the song.

I always thought of violin as a classical instrument. But music has truly evolved nowadays. Violin is being used on different kind of song genres, even on rock genre. How cool is that?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy 8th Birthday, Brandon Zyl!

One of the reasons I came home for good is to be able to take care of Brandon - my adorable nephew. And never did I regret I came home for him.

From being a spoiled brat, he turned into an obedient young boy. He learned how to be respectful to elders and other kids. He knows that if he bullies other kids in school, he will be in trouble. He learned to be sensitive to other people's feelings. Although he still have a bit of tantrums at times, he would stop and listen carefully if everything is explained to him why he can't get everything he wants. He knows he's being taught to be more patient and understanding.

Watching him turn into a good boy really makes me happy and proud. I may be a tough Aunt at times but I always make sure he understands why he has to follow rules. And I'm very pleased that he follows and obeys.

Today marks his 8th birthday. He still dreams to become a doctor in the future and he also think he can become a cook on the side. LOL! Whenever he watches a cooking show, he does everything to make me stop from whatever it is I'm doing and pull me in front of the television. He wants me to teach him how to cook. 

He's a really smart and curious kid. I always feel that it's my obligation to answer his never ending "what is" questions. I feel bad if I can't pay attention to everything he says because I have to be focused at work. He may be disheartened but he understands why.

How I wish he won't grow so fast. I still love to cuddle him like a baby even if he insists that he's not a baby anymore. Haha! I enjoy each moment I put him to bed at night and sing him a lullaby. I'm really lucky I have the chance to do that for him.

I hope and pray he won't feel a little less for he is loved by everyone around him. He is going through something difficult right now but I know he is a strong boy. And I'm here for him as long as I can...

I love you Brandon Zyl! Continue to be good and loving and kind! Happy 8th birthday, Love!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thriving During Home Renovations

Homeowners know that making your house truly your home will take time and effort. It may also take small renovation projects to give you the home that best functions for you. If you are getting ready to start a home renovation yourself, here are some tips that you can use to make sure you don't lose your mind during the process. 

Have a Quiet Space

Whether it's just you dealing with renovations or a whole family, it is important to have a quiet space set aside for the times when renovations can get noisy and distracting. This can be a corner of your own backyard, a local park or even the nearby coffee shop. Wherever it is, make sure that his helps you stay focused on your daily tasks and keep you to your routine as much as possible. 

Trusting Your Contractor

Renovations can be a lot like the start of a relationship--trust has to be built from both sides for the relationship to grow. In a similar way, you need to work with a contractor that you can trust to do the job and do it well. For you, that means you cannot be hovering over the work space, worrying about what is going on and trying to make last-minute, unplanned changes to the project. For the contractor, they need to know that they can approach you with any decisions or problems that come up so they can deal with it in the manner you choose. 

Planning for the Unexpected

Even the easiest renovation projects may have some surprises. A smart homeowner will plan for the most common surprises that can come up during the process. Often, additional costs are the cause for unwanted surprises. Having a few dollars set aside for this will help, but you can also make sure that you have all the proper paperwork for the project and inspections beforehand to make sure unexpected problem won't arise. 

Just getting started on the renovation process? Once you have a plan in place, you can receive free quotes for home renovations now so that you can get the process going. After your renovations are complete, you will have the home of your dreams.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Own Personal Sound Proofed Space

I never had a room of my own since I came home here in the province. I also don't have my own office space. So I normally get anxious towards the last 4 hours of my shift since everyone is awake to start the morning routine.

I had to ask everybody to keep quiet for few minutes each time I had to pick up a phone call from a customer. Of course, I won't be able to stop the other background noises such as crowing roosters, neighbors' barking dogs, nearby karaoke and my Mom's kitchen utensils (I just can't keep her still even for a few minutes. LOL!). You can just imagine how the customers from the other line react to such noises.

So I'm planning to have my own space built few meters away from my mother's house. A room where I can focus on my work and not deal with my Mom and Brandon's daily arguments. Haha! I'm planning to have it sound proofed by putting studio foam all over the walls. That is to also get rid of noises from outside. I will definitely have a peace and quiet work space and at the same time, have my privacy because it's going to be my own room as well.

Who knows? I may be able to turn it into a recording studio in the future? I really hope so!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Perks of Working Home-Based

So, I'm now working online, Home-Based. And I would say this is the best career path I have ever dreamed of having. You want to know why?

Here are the top reasons I love working home-based:

1. Transportation. I don't have to worry about it. I'm just a few steps away from my work station! LOL!

2. Flexible Time. I work nights which in my case is suitable for me. I can work quietly in the evenings. I have to juggle my time between work and my nephew and some obligations at home which I attend to during the day and some hours of the night. Thank, God I've been blessed with a helper who came in handy and has really been great with the household chores. :) 

3. Increased Productivity. Since I don't have to commute to go to work, I'm able to spend more time on more valuable things - family, Church and self-pampering. I also learned to manage my time well and in the near future, I'd be able to increase my work hours and might have more than one job. More work, more earnings! 

4. A Chance To Live A Healthy Life. I'm still a work in progress on this. It's only a month since I started working home-based and I am looking forward to be able to live a healthy life with proper exercise and diet. I want to prove to everyone that working home-based will not make me gain more weight! 

5. I Can Bring My Work Anywhere. That is true as long as there is internet connection! Although I would love to not work during my vacation but just in case I don't have any choice, I can bring work anywhere!  

6. Increase in Knowledge and Skills. I know I can earn this in the normal "work setup" but gaining knowledge in working  home-based is more challenging because sometimes, you can't rely on anyone but yourself and Google. Although your employer will be there to help you out, there will be tasks that are given to you that you have to work on by yourself. Most of the employers expect you to be knowledgeable in doing research. And by working home-based,  I was able to prove to myself that I can do things I was scared of doing when I was in the corporate world. 

7. I Learn To Have Self-Discipline. Working home-based is not all work. Since I also have to attend to obligations, I have to make sure I get enough sleep. This wasn't easy in the first few weeks. And like I said, I am still a work in progress but I'm getting there. When I'm able to manage my time really well, everything should follow - a healthy well-being and a happy and fun family life.

I know I have been saying this for a while now. But I never regret choosing this career path. Although there are some disadvantages about working home-based (which by the way I'll be telling you about on my next post), my experience with working at home so far has more pros than cons. And I am enjoying this career so far.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Going Back To My Music Soon!

I am caught between work, taking care of my household and my Church obligations. I really don't get enough sleep during the weekdays because of my busy schedule. I'm still trying to adjust on my current situation.

I haven't played music for a long time now. But once I'm settled and able to get around my schedule, I will definitely grab my guitar one of these days and play songs that I haven't played in a while and learn some new ones. 

And if I have more time in the weekends, I would love to visit my former band mates and jam with them. Oh, I love just thinking about being able to do what I'm passionate about. 

I still consider myself a musician even if I haven't been practicing music. I know I can always go back to it and be happy with my music once again!

Meet My Sponge Bob!

Meet my very own Sponge Bob! Lol!

My nephew, Brandon Zyl, lights up my life every time! I'm really glad I came home to take care of him. He takes my stress and worries away. 

Eating is what he loves doing. Although, I'm trying to put him on a diet. I'm not too strict, that the problem.

I just let him play the outdoors which by the way he loves to do as well.

And whenever I get upset with his wrong doing, I'd forget about it because he'd smile, say sorry and give me a bunch of hugs and kisses. Who wouldn't love a kid who's so sweet?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

I'm Now A Home-Based Worker

From being a call center agent to a banker and now I'm working home-based! What a career shift. Yet, I love everything about working online at the comforts of my home. No more hassle of commuting, no transportation expenses. And the best part about working at home is being able to work on my pajamas! I don't have to worry about what outfit to wear for work which by the way took time for me to do when I was with my previous jobs. I just love my career now! I also get to spend more time with my family. I am so blessed! :)

Meanwhile, I'd like to show you my current home-office:

I know what you all are thinking. It's barely a month and I badly need to improve my office space. I'm planning to purchase a comfortable swivel chair because that wooden chair definitely hurts my bottom since I sit for hours to work. I also need a power bank, a back up broadband connection, a back up laptop, Fulterer keyboard slides and perhaps another desk to add to my work space for my back up laptop.

There's still a lot of work to do for my home-office. But I'll also going to need money for me to purchase those office equipments. So I have to work harder.

I love my job and ever since I got employed to work home-based, I thought to myself why I wasted so much of my time in Manila. Well, everything happens for a reason. I am happy and really grateful to the One who never ceased to bless me.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Post Birthday Realizations

On my 32nd birthday, I did not intend not to celebrate it. I was sick so I decided to just stay home with Nanay and my Kuya. The rain, which we waited for days, poured that day - I considered it a blessing. Thank God for the rain I didn't have to make an effort to water the growing plants.

I was just sitting at home checking out greetings of friends and loved ones over at Facebook. I was touched as how many people cared to greet me on my special day. People whom I came across with on my 32 years of existence. Some of them, the special friends and relatives, made efforts of making collages of my photos with them and made me feel even more special when they expressed how our friendship meant to them. I'm glad that I somehow touched their lives the same way they did.

Here are some of the collages they uploaded on Facebook:

From Irene, with whom I have a sisterly bond...

From Lowela, a friend I met from my first job...

From will, my li'l bro at  work in Emerson...

Ate Nimfa, a family friend...
There is nothing more precious than being remembered by friends throughout the years on your most special day. I really appreciate the thoughts and well wishes.