Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mom's Birthday

Mom's birthday was last August 21, a non-working holiday in the Philippines being Ninoy Aquino Day.  I wish my birthday also falls on a holiday... imagine, no need to file any vacation leave from work!  Mom even got luckier working for the government and being given a Birthday leave annually as part of their incentives, so that's another work-free day. :-)

She celebrated her  birthday this month with lunch & merienda with the family.  The cake at the left shows how old she is... just 1 year away from being 60.  I know, she's definitely looking forward to her retirement by December of this year.  It's time for her to relax and take life easy, her job of raising us and giving us good education is done! Advance congratulations Mommy! :-)

Plastic Balloon

We had our EPM team building last August 20 at Cattleya Resort in Antipolo, Rizal.  Above picture was me and my 2 other team mates participating in the game:  "Blow the Plastic Balloon using Your Nose!"  I thought it was not possible and even challenged the host (one of our colleagues) to try it herself which she was able to do so.  I always loved plastic balloons since I was a kid and maybe one of the reasons why I made it through the game, and yes we won! :-)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Date with Reese

Two weekends ago, Reese and I went out together, just the two of us for the first time. Her daddy was such a “couch potato” that day so I thought of driving to the nearest mall and have a date with Reese. :-)

It was the last day of the 3-day sale but I was not in the mood to shop. I just wanted to bring Reese to have snack and see the outside world. Upon arriving, we headed straight to Jollibee and ordered some snacks. Reese had spaghetti and brownies while me ended up eating the rest of the biggie meal, chicken & rice.

Then, we strolled in the mall for awhile, passed by the baby & kids section of the department store and went home. It was short but sweet. Reese didn’t give me a hard time, it was all bliss!

Reese having fun trying on this kiddie bed

Monday, August 16, 2010

Money Manager

It's raining cats and dogs outside and  I can't go home yet!  So for now, I'll just grab this golden opportunity to blog :-)

I had backlog with my receipts for about 2 weeks and just got the chance to do my accounting stuff at lunch time today. I do it dutifully (when I can) to know where the "hard-earned" money goes and have my summary at the end of the month. It's not because I'm obliged to do so... it's just me wanting to know how are we handling our expenses. :-)

What I personally do is to group the receipts by categories like groceries, clothing, eat out, etc.  Then I use Money Manager mobile application to record the total expense per category.  I don't record the receipts per transaction date, instead, I do the total per week to make this task less tedious.

sample photo from 8mobile.org

What I love about this mobile application is that I can record expenses anytime, anywhere!  I've been using this tool for 4 years already and this is the simplest mobile financial application I've used so far. 

In case you want to be on-track with your expenses and get to see how much is left from your payroll every month, then this tool is a must-try!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Comfortable Love

I came across Books & Mags again, this time in Megamall. I got myself 3 books to read (hoping I have the time) and one of them is this: When Husband and Wife Become Mom and Dad

Below poem is an excerpt from above book which I dedicate to my better half... and it's called

"Comfortable Love"

There’s a thing I call comfortable love.
It’s not new or shiny or flashy.
It’s more like a bear with the fur loved off,
All comfy, cozy and warm.
It’s a love that’s passed the test of time,
Much deeper than new love could possibly be.
This love is filled with history,
Passion through joys and despair.
This love produces strength and security,
Like a baby blanket from younger days.
Comfortable love is what I share with you,
Growing more valuable, more precious,
More comfortable each day.