Memoirs of a Mummy

2019 Q1

Let’s do a quick review on how the first quarter of the year went down, shall we?

MAJOR PURCHASES

TV

We bought a TV for the first time since we got married. I was planning on buying a smart TV. Thanks to the recommendation of friends, we bought a basic TV plus a TV box.

Can I just say?  Ang mura na ng mga TV ngayon ha! Our 31 inch led TV from Devant was less than 10K. The TV box from Mi Box, was 3K+ from Lazada. The TV box allows us to watch from streaming apps. We have loaded DisneyLife (my favorite but we are having tech issues now), iFlix, Youtube, YT for Kids and Netflix. I love how we now spend lazy weekends in our living room instead of being hooked individually on separate gadgets. We are now watching a series on Bruce Lee’s life on weeknights and marathon-ing on Harry Potter on weekends. And the twins, oh my, they loooooove the movie Sing. We have probably seen it at least 20 times. It even came to a point when Franco and I had a week long Taylor Swift LSS.

Oh wait wait, the TV is life changing, well kind of.  Ok maybe not life changing but, weekend-changing if there is such a thing. It has made our weekends and weeknights much much more fun. But what I really want to never forget is the story of how we purchased it. You see, the kuripot in me always struggles to buy anything that costs more than 3K  especially for non-necessities. So I prayed for a TV. Last December, we found an envelope with 3K + inside. According to our helpers, the envelope had been sitting in the bookshelf for months. We asked out families and no one claimed it. And then some time January, while I was putting away our budget for February expenses, inside one of my old pouches, I found crisp bills amounting to PHP 10000!! The power of prayers! When we were TV shopping, Franco wanted to get a bigger TV. I insisted that we stick to the budget that we were given so that we will always be reminded of how we were blessed.

Canon Wireless Photo Printer

I love love love my Canon printer! I printed over 1000 pictures in the past 2 months. On my free time, I download photos from my Google Photos app. My target is to print 1 month worth of pictures per weekend. I just finished printing the photos from November 2017. I have also printed photos from our past photoshoots. Oh, I feel so so accomplished! Now, I just need to buy a CD reader so I can print photos from my  CD albums. More about my love for my Canon printer here.

Japan 2020 Tickets

I work day shifts but since operations in our company is mostly at night, I do join conference calls in the evening every so often. During one of those midnight calls, when I felt more of a wallflower than a participant, I got a notification on my phone about a surprise seat sale from Cebu Pacific. As soon as the call ended, I logged on to the website and booked a trip for early next year. I paid PHP 8K for 2 pax plus baggage allowance. A little more expensive than our upcoming Tokyo trip which costs PHP 4.4K for 2 pax only but PHP 4K per person is not so bad, right?

I am still 50-50 on this trip though. I really wanted to go to Fukuoka but due to my panic, booked Nagoya instead. I am also not a winter person. Franco and the kids sleep blanket free while I sleep in layers. Lastly, I feel guilty about this travel because the twins are going to school next year. Franco keeps on telling my that we owe it to ourselves to unwind and that money can always be earned. Still, I feel the pangs of guilt biting my neck, knowing that we will have this trip before we pay for their tuition fees.

 

I am now a believer of the law of attraction.  So universe, I know you are listening, here are some of the things on my wishlist.

 

  1. A new phone with amazing photo capturing capabilities
  2. Another recliner. Since we spend more time in the living room, we always end up fighting over who sits on MY recliner.
  3. Major sales for Franco
  4. More travels for us
  5. Good health for everybody
  6. One more TV and TV box for our bedroom so the helpers can watch TV at night on weekends.

 

That is it for now. Next time, I will summarize our vacation and heath for Q1.  It is 7:37 in the morning. The twins are amazingly still asleep but I hear some stirring. Need to get up and take a bath before they wake up.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tokyo November 2018, Day 1

One of our favorite memories from 2018 was our trip to Tokyo, Japan. In 2017, we saw temples, shrines, geishas, a bamboo forest, an old castle and hundreds of deer in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. For our trip last year, we wanted to see the modern futuristic busy side of Japan. The recent trip was extra special because it was Aki’s first out of the country trip. With us were my uncles and aunts, all were 60 years old and up. The challenge for me was coming up with a flexible itinerary that both kids and senior citizens would enjoy. That meant not too many temples, not too many anime and toys and not too much walking. It was not as difficult because there are plenty of things to do, place to visit and food to eat in Tokyo. What was challenging was choosing which activities to include and which ones to forego.

Our itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrival @ Narita Airport a little before noon
  • Skyliner to Nippori. Transfer to Yamanote Line
  • Check-in @ our Komagome accommodation
  • Get settled, rest
  • Explore Komagome area, early dinner
  • Rest again, then Pokemon Go

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Bubu

This is Ryu, our youngest. Everyone calls him Bubu after Aoki gave him that nickname. We used to call him Bunso but since she could not pronounce it months ago, he became Bu or Bubu.

Photo by The Perfect Grey

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Printing Our Pictures At Home

All these photos printed at the comforts of my work area home

Yey!!! I have always wanted to have our photos printed. We have a gazillion softcopies unsafely stored in devices I can’t remember. When I was younger, printing photos was a priority. I would save my allowance just to get hardcopies. In my mom’s house, I have 4 thick albums filled with memories from highschool to college. When taking photos got easier and cheaper (thanks, mobile photography!), I got lazy at printing. The storage system also evolved. From CDs to external drives to cheap USB sticks, OTG and now cloud. Continue reading “Printing Our Pictures At Home”

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November 2018 Highlights

UP was in the UAAP Season 81 Final Four! Having studied in UPLB in highschool and UP Diliman in college, this was a huge deal for me. I watched the game against Adamson from our house in Laguna. I was screaming so loud that the kids woke up crying. My mom closed the windows because she was worried what the neighbors will think. She described me as mukhang baliw. For game 2, I was having dinner with people I work with. As soon as I arrived, I apologized and explained that watching the game was very important. I tried not to curse during turnovers and raise my fist and shout YES everytime UP scored but I failed many times. Haha. I am sure the diners from other tables stared at me but who cares? We were going to the Finals! Thank you UP Fighting Maroons for giving us that celebratory moment. Watching the compilation of the videos from different UP campuses when buzzer rang and it was official that we were in the Finals made me cry like a baby. Grabe this UAAP high lasted for weeks.

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Living the Dream

For several years, I used to get teary-eyed every time I heard the song All I Want for Christmas Is You. The lines (Santa won’t you bring me the one I really need? Won’t you please bring my baby to me?) reminded of how much I really wanted to have a daughter. I had been picking names since I was 12. Continue reading “Living the Dream”

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2019 Goals

Raise our net worth to PHP XXX. Eyes on the Prize. This is the main goal for this year. Here is what we have done so far to get closer to XXX

  1. Updated our statement of asset, liabilities and net (SALN)
  2. Created a projection of how incoming funds and expenses monthly
  3. Defined how much we need to set aside after every pay day
  4. Opened a new bank account so we can easily transfer our monthly savings.

I have also identified how much I want our net worth to be for the next 3 years. I am now on the lookout for investment opportunities. For the longest time, we were extremely loyal to mutual funds and UITF. It was very convenient but our money is not growing at the rate that I want. We now have 3 kids. By next year, all three will be going to school. Researching about tuition fees make me palpitate! Last year, we learned about agri-investing. It was risky. It was scary at first. We interviewed stakeholders and investors and read all materials I could get my hands into. A year later, things are looking bright and promising. Continue reading “2019 Goals”

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Disney on Ice 2018

48971452_10217952817712921_1396355616674414592_oLast December, I whispered a desperate prayer. I really wanted to watch Disney on Ice with Aoki. She loves the Disney princess. I just know that seeing them up close will make her day. Scratch that. Seeing Belle, Cinderella, Jasmin and Elsa will make her year. But but but, yes there is a but. Even if my kids’ happiness is priceless, Disney on Ice comes with a price tag. I am still kuripot to the core. PHP 1400-PHP2600 for a two hour show per person just isn’t practical. Continue reading “Disney on Ice 2018”