Oct 21, 2011

Investment and Loans

Remember the condominium I always talk about here? The one that we started paying more than 2 years ago, and waited till it was turned over? It's finally turned over, my mother in law is our SPA representative and she's the one taking care of all the thing needed. After paying the two years down payment via in-house, we have the 80% balance loaned thru bank and we are going to pay it for 15 years.
Bank loan process for mortgage is not that easy, it takes time to process and get approved. We're lucky we are approved for 15 years.  Now, our condominium is for rent and still waiting for the future tenant. Hoping to  have it rented soon coz we don't have plan on finishing it till 15th year. If this unit is already earning, we can pay our monthly mortgage in advance so we could finish the loan earlier than expected. We are not sure what to do with the unit yet, last time, we planned to sell it but we didn't. We were also planning just to have it rented so the kids can use it in the future.
Investing a property is one of the best thing to do instead of just keeping your money in bank or just spending it with nonsense things. So better start investing now!

Oct 18, 2011

For Green Living

I have not been minding Mother Nature that much until I became a parent. It was only then when I realized how awful, dirty and polluted our environment have become. I used to not notice anything, maybe because I was already accustomed to the trash and pollution that I see.
When I became a parent, I realized I had to do my share in taking care of our planet. I had to use reusable eco-bags when buying something from the mall instead of their plastic bags to reduce our plastic bag usage. When I threw parties for any family member, I schedule the visitors in batches so I have time to clean the utensils instead of making them use paper plates, plastic spoon and fork, and disposable cups. I learned the art of waste segregation and recycling. In fact, I and the kids have made several art pieces from recyclable materials. We were able to lessen our waste, at the same time it made a good bonding time for us.
That is how we reduce our trash. As for pollution, well, we do not use anything that emits CFC. I constantly pray also that every smoker out there would switch to electronic cigarette to lessen pollution caused by smoking. We also check up our car every now and then to ensure it does not become a smoke belcher.
But that is just my family. We should work together for our only planet.

Oct 6, 2011

Teaching parents the Internet

Guest post from: Bruno Smith

My parents had just gotten around to learning how to use the Internet over the past few years. Ever since my husband and I started having kids, they had shown a new desire to stay up to date on technology. I saw an ad for http://get.wildblue.com/internet-provider/oregon/d/dayton/ and learned that this service would be the best for their needs and location. Just last year, I set them up with email addresses so that we could keep in touch since we lived so far away from one another. This year, my mom decided that she wanted to try her hand at online shopping. Since they planned to come and visit us this year since I had just had a baby, she wanted to have all of her shopping completed and awaiting her final touches when she arrived at our house. We always had a very efficient present wrapping station, so I knew she wasn’t worried about getting that part done. She always had an elaborate wrapping station set up every year when I was growing up, so I continued the tradition.

Sep 30, 2011

Shopping for Winter

Fall is up and it's getting colder and colder! I am starting to shop for our winter clothes already and I started with jackets and some long sleeves. There are plenty of sale items online and I am getting crazy about it. I love the winter jackets but some are very pricey. I bought my kids a winter jacket for $17.99 each from the original price of $49. I haven't seen it for it wasn't delivered yet so I am hoping it will be nice. Aside from jackets, I also bought Ishi a pair of boots. I saw many styles and they are all pretty like pajar boots. There are some blowfish shoes also for winter and I love one for myself! I haven't shop for me yet, I wanna prioritize my kids' stuff first coz they need it in school.  Aside from these stuff, I think I need to buy some scarf and bonnets and gloves soon.
Winter clothes are pricey but I enjoy shopping! I love all the winter jacket designs and so with the boots! I wish I can buy mine soon too!

Sep 25, 2011

Straight Talk Revolutionizes Post Paid Plans

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Aug 30, 2011

Old and New Phones

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Net10 for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


The first time I saw a cell phone was when I was in grade six.  It was huge then, it is like a telephone but it is mobile. I often see them in adult's waist, clipped in their belts and it has an awful sound when it rings. After that I saw beepers. I've been dreaming such gadgets before but I know I won't have that until I finish studying and earn money on my own.

I was lucky I was able to buy it when I was in first year college. I was a working student and be able to buy a phone of my own and better as the 90's phone. Nokia 3210 - that is my first investment for myself and I was so happy with it! After that phone, I bought a Motorola a blue one that looks like a small laptop. I love that phone and I miss it! After then I have a Alcatel. I love every phones I bought! After that Alcatel my boyfriend who is now my husband gave me his old phone another Nokia but forgot the model already. 

If you just have noticed I am not into latest phones, I am contented for what I have as long as it is reliable and durable. As long as I can call and text, set an alarm, check calendar and has a calculator I will live with it. I don't need a very techy and expensive phone. I just like cute phones that's why I was fascinated with this Cute NET10 commercial where Real NET10 customer talking about the cheap but cute phones.



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Aug 23, 2011

Macbook Air Sleeves

Since portable computers, aka laptops, notebooks, palmtops, and ipads have been more famously bought these days than desktop computers, the protective covering for each has also proliferated the market with your choice of color and specific size that fits your gadget perfectly.  Like if you have a Macbook Air and looking for macbook sleeves or any laptop sleeves you can look for the 11" HERE and the 13" HERE.
It is important to have some sort of a bag like laptop sleeve for your gadget because it is your protection for unwanted damage especially when accidents occur. While you may not drop it, when it does, at least it does not suffer much from the shock it gets from the drop. The bag, pocket or envelope also protects your gadget from possible scratches especially when you bring them along while you are in a croded place.

Having those pockets in different colors as many as there is, it is more likely that your favorite color is available too. When you bump into someone else having the same gadget, you know which is yours and which is not.

They are actually elegantly cool!

Aug 17, 2011

Kids' First Day of School

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Classes started yesterday and that means everybody will be as busy as a bee! My kids were both excited to go to school yesterday, They woke up early, dressed up early and ate without me having a hard time asking them to. That was a very nice day for me. Everybody had a nice Monday! I wish everyday is like that! 

My daughter rode a school bus and I am so proud of her being so brave. I didn't expect she will confidently ride on it. I thought she will be scared but no, she is so brave. When she came home that afternoon, she look so tired but when she started telling stories, I can tell she had a great time in her school. I am so glad she liked it in there! Now I can breath easily everyday she's not with me. I know that when she's in school, she will be safe and will enjoy! You know what they say that mom knows best so I am letting her go and will let her live her life. I am not saying I am not gonna take care of her but I will teach her to be independent. I sitll didn't ask about the the cell phone if she can have one while in the school so that anytime she can call me or call a friend when she needs to. It is really hard to look for a phone where everything you need is there already and you want an affordable. I really should have find one soon!



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Aug 10, 2011

Cutting Bills

I was writing bill payments when I came across with the check book balance.  Yikes!  It is alarming.  We need to cut bills, or must look for cheaper service providers.  And stop not required subscriptions.  As I look at it, the highest bill we are paying for is the mortgage.  The house payment is very important.  We never failed paying on time. 

Next is the gas.  With sky rocketing gas prices, the budget is difficult to maintain.  I am limiting my travels if they are not necessary.  Our out-of-town trips are minimized also, so to save mileage and gas on my car.  Argh!  Isn't it a rip off?  Why are these things happening?  We don't have the control because we are only the consumers.  But our spending can be controlled, right?  We have low cost insuranceso there is no complain with that. 

As a housewife, maintaining the budget in the household is also my job.  A personal assistant to husband when it comes to checking the financial status of the household.  It is not easy you know.  It is tough.  Sometimes you will get a headache just looking at the expenses.  Managing the household's financial services leads to balance living too

Aug 9, 2011

Mom's Bday

Thanks for the guest post by Donn Schroeder

Happy Birthday to my Mom! I love my mom so much. She is the most important woman in my life. I remember sitting in front of my television watching the evening news channels from www.EXPERTSATELLITE.com and receiving a phone call from my brother. He told me that the doctor confirmed our worst fear, my mom had breast cancer. My heart dropped and I felt the room begin to spin. I do not remember putting the phone down, but I do remember getting on my knees and sobbing like a newborn baby. The tears would not stop and now I had to contemplate the idea of losing my mom to cancer. The word burned in my head and stung my heart. She was there for it all. She was there when I graduated,got engaged, got married and gave birth. She was the one holding my hand through it all. I knew I had to do the same for her. She was just as scared as I was back then. Well that was 3 years since I received that call and this birthday celebrates another year of health.

Jul 30, 2011


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I was wondering before how does that 'homesick' feels like. I have an idea that is is hard and sad especially when husband left and was away from us for 9 months. But then I was thinking that  we will no longer feel that when we finally be together but I was wrong. We are still missing everything. Husband was telling me he was missing his friends and so do I. It is really different living abroad away from your relatives and friends. There maybe lots of communication available now and they are becoming cheaper and cheaper compare to the times before, but still it's different if you're with them.  I wish I could call a friend every time wherever and wherever I am like in hook, line and sinker but haven't found a cheap phone and a plan yet where everything you need is there. For now, I am just using an internet to connect with them. But it is always better to have a phone to use where there's an unlimited call, messages and even picture messages. I wish to share every experience I am having here in Ar and phone is the fastest way. Here's a video that is talking about what I really need. You might wanna check it out also for future reference.


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Jul 11, 2011

Few Days to go Before I Turn 30!

I am counting days now before my very big day comes. Yes It's gonna be my birthday soon and I will be thirty!!!! 2 years ago I was dreaming of a birthday celebration. I wanted it to be special since age 30 means so much to me for I haven't figured out reason. I was just happy and feeling excited I', gonna be thirty soon! Since it's been two years that I am thinking of a celebration, I was expecting I could be able to do it but there are lots of things happened in that two years. Some are good some are bad. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to celebrate my 30th birthday in a manner I planned it. But guess what? God gave me a better celebration and gift! First He gave me the chance to land in America, that was far beyond my imagination plus the bonus of being with my family. God is really good! This is a very nice gift! And the celebration He gave is that, I am celebrating it online!! God gave me a generous sponsors so I was able to have a simple prizes, not much of a prize worth diamond bar houses  but it's just enough to make the winner smile.
Thank you very much for my sponsors!! I really appreciate you kindness! Thank God for the wonderful blessings!

Jun 24, 2011

Stay Simply Beautiful

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am a very low maintenance wife, I have my simple preferences and simple wants. In terms of clothing, I am not co picky and not into branded ones. Same with beauty products, actually, moisturizer for face and body and a lip balm is just enough for me. I am into moisturizers since my skin is quite dry.  I am using different brands too but I have finally found one god for me so I think I am sticking OLAY!


This is always what I am buying from Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products aside from the other products my family is using. This product is very affordable and  effective for me and I am loving it. Walgreens has everything you need so you don't have to go anywhere to buy your needs. Toiletries, beauty products and medicines, name it, it's there! One more thing I love about buying from them is the fact that every cents you spent to have your favorite products, it is an equivalent of helping them save form the Walgreens Way to Well Fund™ . It will provide free preventive health tests as well as other health and wellness services and education to local communities. Some of those services will include preventive health tests through the National Urban League Health & Wellness Tour and vouchers redeemable in select stores. Good stuff right? Spending while helping others.

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