2018 Week 29: Unexpected Expenses | Nephew Enters the Workforce

July 16-22, 2018

Good news first. The nephew who graduated last June was accepted and his office is located in Ortigas so he opted to stay with me again for the meantime. Yun lang, nagpapa-allowance pa rin ako sa kanya until his first salary. My gas pulgas akala ko graduate na ako dyan hahahaha!

If the other week, I blogged about zero spending, this week was meant for some unexpected expenses.First, the sole of my rubber shoes started disintegrating. I guess it was because I used them in the 3 mountains that I visited since May, including the outreach we had last July 14-15. I did not notice it until I reached Manila. I’m not sure why to think na as in hihiwalay na talaga yung isang sole when I inspected it hahaha. So anyway, that needs a replacement and so I was lucky to score one that I like last July 21. I was surprised about the price because I think running shoes are a little cheaper now (at least for the brand I bought) as compared to before when running was such a hype. Mas mahal na ngayon ang mga pangporma hehehe.

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↑Priced at Php 3,295.00. Not discounted. I remember that my other pairs of shoes cost more than that years back.

The microwave oven also started emitting smoke and unpleasant smell. I thought at first that maybe it just needs cleaning but it was still the same after cleaning it. I was so nervous when I tried it out and I was imagining a lot of things. But since I’m no electrician, I decided to just buy a new one because we are dependent on it.

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↑The cheapest with the most basic functionality that we saw which was priced at Php 2,700.00.

So those 2 items, plus the office shoes I bought in June are unexpected expenses. I don’t really alot a big budget for shopping because I don’t shop every month. But the shopping budget is sometimes used for other things. Maybe I should not be spending shopping budget when not needed so that I have something to use when I need to buy something important haha.

On Saturday, a friend and I met in Megamall to have a feast for samgyupsal in Gangnam Wings. Yes, allowed ito sa diet ko hahahahaha! But I think lugi kami because we felt full right away at di namin nasulit ang unli-meat hahahaha. Keri na rin. That sustained me until Sunday afternoon.

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GangnamWings2

↑Saturday feast.

The end.

My Shopping Finds

I shared in my previous posts that I have been shopping on the first two weekends of the year hehehe. Parang itinodo ko yung hindi ko pagshoshopping the past months ah hahahaha.

Anyway, here are my loots. Some on sale, some bought on regular prizes.

ThCollectionBlouse

↑Bought during last year’s sale at Debenham’s.

HandMDress

↑Basic casual dress from H&M. Bought last year too.

GapJeans

↑Boot cut jeans from Gap for only Php 995!

HandMCardigan

↑Cardigan from H&M. Purple sa tunay na buhay, just to add color to my cabinet.

NoApologiesBlouse2

NoApologiesBlouse1

↑No Apologies blouses for the office. Additional 10% off was applied at the counter. Sheye.

AllStarJoggingPants

↑All Star jogging pants.

OldNavyJoggingPants

↑Old Navy jogging pants naman.

UniqloMiniWaffleCardigan

↑Uniqlo mini waffle cardigan.

UniqloReversibleParka

↑Uniqlo reversible parka. 2 or 3 months kong pinag-isipan kung bibili ba ako nito. E biglang naglabas sila ng ganitong color na sobrang nagustuhan ko. Ayun, bumigay hihihi!

OldNavyRomper

↑Old Navy romper for rampa

OldNavyDress1

OldNavyDress2

↑Old Navy dresses pang date nights char!

RedHerring

↑Red Herring jumper type dress from Debenhams. More than 3 months ko na ata tong binabantayan kung kailan magsasale. Seriously. Nabili ko sya ng discounted but not that much nyahahaha.

DorothyPerkinsDress

↑Office dress from Dorothy Perkins for days na kailangan kong makipagbalitaktakan sa mga bosanians. Matagal ko na rin itong binabantayan. Originally at Php 2,350.00 then sale price was at Php 1,299 na lang. But wait, there’s more. When you pay using BDO debit card, there’s an additional 10% off. So final price was less than Php 1,100.00. Ngiting tagumpay.

UniqloChambrayDress

↑Uniqlo Chambray sleeveless dress. Regular price at Php 990.00. I saw this displayed in Gateway, paired with the jacket above.

Bakit nga ba ako namakyaw ng dresses eh di naman ako madalas magdress? Eh kasi…secret! Hahaha! Joke! One of my goals this year is to be more comfortable in dresses kaya ayan na. I just have to make sure na gagamitin ko talaga ang mga ito hahaha.

And the winner of them all is this.

SperryTopsider

↑I have long wanted to buy a Sperry topsider mainly because of the childhood memories it brings back every time I see a pair. When I was in elementary, most of my shoes are similar to this. Anyway, I was waiting for this to go on sale but it did not happen. When I finally decided to buy it, there were no more sizes available in the malls near my apartment! One time, I dropped by Shoe Salon in Robinson’s Magnolia and scored my size! Bili na agad-agad. And this was where some of my sick leave conversion went hahaha.

And after this shopping spree, tinatanggalan ko na ang sarili ko ng karapatang magshopping in the coming months, unless may ganitong sales uli nyahahaha!

2018 Week 2: Back to Normal

January 8-14, 2018

We are busy at work organizing our 2018 project portfolio. It’s time consuming but we’ll get to the final list in time for sure.

One of my nieces (cousin’s daughter) is applying as an OFW. She started her application 4th quarter of last year so she comes to the apartment every now and then if she needs a place to stay. She was here again this week and I learned that she’s on the final stages of her application. She’ll be flying to the Middle East anytime soon. And so we went out for dinner last Wednesday. Pa-despedida ko na sa kanya in case we won’t be seeing each other again after.

We ate at Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen at Ayala the 30th mall. We sampled two of their pasta and we loved it. The pasta were so flavorful.

↑Fried risotto balls for starters (risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella breaded then deep fried). Php 195.00. This is 6 pieces.

↑Penne Pesto Al Pollo (Zesty penne paired with grilled juicy chicken filet in basil and pine nuts pesto sauce). Php295.00

↑Vesuvio (mountain of rigatoni, stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta, peas, Italian meatballs and egg). Php 495.00

↑Good luck, baby girl. Go ahead, explore the world, and work for your dreams. You’ll always be in my prayers.

I also received more Christmas gifts hehehe.

↑From a thoughtful teammate (well partly because he took a long leave last December and I had to take care of some things on his behalf as the need arises. Suhol kumbaga hahahaha). Chocolates will always be love love love!

↑From our landlord. They also gave a bag last year and I have been using it since then especially if I need extra bags when going home. I’m sure this will be useful to me too.

The weekend was spent doing some household chores, reading (and finishing another book at that) and catching the final day of end of season sales hehe.

↑Another book done just over the weekend. Another love story hehe. At the rate I’m going, I need to retrieve my ebooks hehehe. But really, nothing beats the joy of turning each page in a book. I just bought this and another book this week. Let’s see if I’ll complete the other book next weekend hehe.

The end. Have a great week ahead!

P.s. Kailan ba ang next holiday?! Hahahaha!

2017 Week 45: Weekend with Friends and Kids

November 6-12, 2017

Because I am writing about this week 2 weeks later, I don’t remember all the details hehe.

On November 10, we went to a potential vendor’s office to observe their operations. Theirs is a family business, so we also met the dad and the sister. But they already have a handful of clients. Good news is that our project sponsors felt comfortable with what they saw and so hopefully we can now move on with the next steps of the project.

On November 11, a friend and I attended a 1st birthday party in Jollibee. After the party, we went to her place because another friend and her family is visiting her. We had dinner of pasta, lechon, and rice. We had melona and snickers ice cream (I didn’t know about this until that day hehe) for desserts. We also had some drinks that night. Mostly cold, and so when I woke up the next morning, I had sore throat hahahaha. I guess it was also triggered by the 3 consecutive nights where I had lesser hours of sleep.

On Sunday, I met up with another fried for lunch. We went to Italianni’s because she has a voucher for the restaurants under the Bistro group hehe.

↑ Spinach and Artichoke Formaggio

↑ Sicilian salad

↑ Chicken Italianni’s

After lunch, we went to a Honda dealer to check out the BR-V. Ang guapo ng sasakyan. While it’s 7-seater, it’s not still enough for a big family hehe. Pero mostly single driving, ok sya. I’m not the one buying. It’s my friend who’s considering now. Ako, mga few years more pa as I have other priorities at the moment.

From Honda, we went back to Shang for some snacks/dessert at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Yes, sugar overload. The desserts are expensive though, so I don’t think I’m going back here soon.

↑ Green apple coated with chocolate

↑ Cheesecake coated with chocolate

My friend went to her next appointment while I stayed a little longer for some shopping for personal items. I went home after for a much needed rest as I am not yet feeling better at this point.

The end.

2017 Week 43: Baguio Errands

October 23-29, 2017

Basic cardigans were on sale at H&M when I dropped by the store.

↑ These were on sale for Php 599.00 each from the original price of I think Php 799.00. Still expensive but the quality is good (hopefully) so I bought 3 in basic colors hehehe. I want the rest of the colors but I need to control myself from going overboard hahaha!

I took a leave on October 30, so I went home to Baguio early morning of October 28. Aside from October 30 being sandwiched with the holidays, I need more days to spend in Baguio form some errands.

October 28

We went to different construction shops to look for tiles, paints and bathroom fixtures. I am repainting my room and finally pushing through with the installation of my room’s bathroom hehe. After a million years, mayayari na rin! Ubusan nga lang ng pera. Huhu. Pero sige na para matapos na.

I saw some prospects and I was satisfied with all of them. I showed them to my brothers and they all agreed that those are good choices. Sana maganda rin kalalabasan once everything is installed.

↑ My companions that day. We were not able to finish the viand. I forgot to ask whether their servings are to share or for single order, hence the amount of food for 3 people hehe. We brought home the leftover.

↑ The fixtures that I’m eyeing.

↑ My peg for the bathroom’s wall tiles. These are a bit expensive but there were no other tiles calling me so as of this writing, this is what I’m getting.

October 29

Spent most of the time this day sorting through my things because I need to empty my more than 20 year old cabinet since I want to apply polyurethane varnish to it to preserve it. I had wall problems aka water seeping into my walls and my cabinet got wet so molds were forming. The saddest thing is that, most of the pictures I kept in that cabinet were ruined huhuhu. Those were my graduation pictures! Hay yay yay.

I also need to vacate my room and transfer all my things to the other room in preparation for the repainting. You see, 5 years ago, I made the mistake of painting my room with several colors hehe. I now find it too “busy” and not really relaxing, hence the change of heart. It’s expensive, but I want a room that has a more peaceful vibe. My chosen color now is whipple blue from Boysen/Titan. It’s bluish-gray in their catalog. I hope it’s as pretty when it’s already applied in the room. Crossing my fingers.

I went to attend mass in the afternoon, and then some quality time with the BF after. For a change, there was no need to rush to catch a trip back to Manila. And since we had the time, we went to John Hay this time! We had dinner at the Bistro at Hill Station and then coffee after at Starbucks.

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↑ Busog lusog hehe!

The end.

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