What's your new year resolution?

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2016 is almost near and most of us are preparing for their new year's eve celebration. But of course, aside from the celebration, resolutions are one of our popular to-do list this coming year. For me, my 2016 will focus more on my financial and health status. I realized that I am waaaay beyond my goal of 1 million before 30. Yup, I have that weird goal. I figured that I mismanaged my money these past few years that my net worth is little compared to what is expected my age. Anyway, what I am happy about is that I started 2015 by investing some of my money in UITF, then ending the year by investing in Mutual Funds and Stocks. I plan to continue it and do it regularly. As a first step for my 1 million by 30 goal, I bought  and read the following books to gain financial literacy:

  • Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Easy Money Para sa Kababaihan by Francisco J. Colayco
  • Wealth within your reach by F.J.Colayco
  • Making your money work by F.J.Colayco
  • Think Rich Pinoy by Larry Gamboa
I already finished them all and somehow, I felt positive toward my financial future. I suggest to add this on your resolution-to gain financial literacy.  There are many mistakes and decisions that I made especially on money matters. But I realized that it's not too late to leave the rat race. It will be late if I'll never start doing it. 

As for the health, two months ago, I was operated because I have an ovarian cyst. An experienced that I don't want to happen anymore, so I'm taking an extra care for myself. This year, I started by subscribing to a diet service for two weeks, It didn't last long, so this up coming year, I plan to make my own healthy meals. Of course, I plan to couple it with an exercise that is okay with my doctor. Sadly, I am not allowed to do some weight lifting...for how long, I don't know.  I really need to remove the excess weight or else I might undergo another operation. Geez, ang hirap maging girl! Oppss, correction - mahirap maging girl na may hormonal imbalance. lol. 

So that's it, only two new year resolutions. Not too many but not too ambitious right? And if you noticed, these are not really resolutions but rather long term plans that I'll start with baby steps. How about you? What's your new year resolution? 

Nayong Pilipino in Clark Pampanga

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I couldn't remember when was the last time I visited Nayong Pilipino. I think I was in elementary and that time it was near in NAIA. Now, Nayong Pilipino is located in Clark Pampanga. Mas malayo na siya compared dati. I celebrated Christmas with Leonard's family here.  Not my usual way of celebrating Christmas but it's fun anyway. 



Since it's holiday, the roadtrip to Pampanga is quite breezy. I realized that very few tourists go in this side unlike if you go to Enchanted or Star City where you'll just waste your time in lining up for the rides. The admission fee in Nayong Pilipino costs Php 150.00. I don't know if this is the usual rate or was increased because it's holiday. I just found it too expensive. 

BYS Velvet Lips Liquid Lipstick

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I was on a lookout for a new lipstick this Christmas. I'm not really into lipsticks but for some reasons, I like wearing one now. I wanted to do some new makeovers this holiday season so having this on my list is pretty nice. Initially, I wanted to buy MAC's Ruby Woo lipstick but I find it too expensive. I might reconsider it next time because I really love it's color. 

Anyway, while waiting for Leonard's driving orientation to finish, I went inside SM MOA's department store. I was looking for a matte lipstick at the NYX cosmetics area when a saleslady approached me and offered another brand. She introduced an Australian brand named BYS or Be Yourself. The saleslady gave their latest lip color line which is the Velvet Lips Liquid Lipstick. 
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BYS Liquid Lipstick. Photo from fashionaddict

Flawless Fractional Needle Review - Update

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Thank God, it's Friday! And it's my fourth day since my Fractional needle treatment from Flawless, please see review here. So here's my skin current status:

I woke up like this
My I woke up like this look
As you can see, my skin looks as if I have a natural blush. Shocks, feeling ko ang ganda ko haha. It is so much better than the first day. Only one pimple appeared on my jaw area after, I still have few blemishes though. I did not experience peeling or whatsoever. For 4 days I avoided wearing any makeups, just the cream provided by the doctor and sunblock. I even attended 2 job interviews yesterday (how cool is that).  I'm just using cetaphil as my soap. My skin looks smoother than before but I still need to address my larges pores. There are still acne scars of course but I'm happy that there's already an improvement after the first session.

Mga hugot kapag heart broken this Christmas

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Ilang kembot nalang at malapit na naman ang pasko. Christmas party doon, christmas party dito tapos bigla mo naisip na part ka din ngayon ng SMP - Samahan ng Malalamig ang Pasko o pwede din Samahan ng mga Maglalandi sa Pasko. Siyempre, bago ang damit, bago ang shoes, dapat irampa yan this season. Pero dahil HB ka (read: heart broken) dahil sa hinayupak mong ex, ngalngal nalang muna sa tabi at iwasan ang mga ganitong tao/bagay na maaaring magpaalala sa kanya (hugot muna tayo ngayon, haha):

patawad

"Patawad!" - Linya sa mga pobreng nangangaroling kapag ayaw magbigay. Oo ganyan naman sinasabi kahit ginawa mo naman lahat. Yung Joy to the world, x10 mo na ata kinanta pero wa epek pa rin. Patawad, patawad kasi di na kita mamahalin. Ouch!

Flawless Fractional Needle Therapy Review

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Today, I decided to have an acne scar treatment for my face. You see, I've been battling acne scars for so long. I've tried chemical peels such as glycolic, tca, diamond and even pixel, but due to some budget constraints, results are not significant. I knew that I have hormonal imbalance so getting rid of acne was my major problem but the aftermath is another thing. I think I've been battling acne scars longer than I was treating my acne! Fortunately, these past few years I didn't break out anymore. 

Although mine was not that severe, still, it causes some minor self esteem issues. I went to Flawless SM Center Las Pinas to have a consultation regarding my case. Initially, my plan is to get their easy peel because I wanted to get rid the blemishes and my scars. But after my discussion with the doctor, we opted for their Fractional Needle Therapy (Retinol) so that it will target even my deep acne scars which the easy peel will not be able to address. 

Happy Cream Puff for a Happy kid

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Last Saturday, Leonard and I went to SM MOA for his driving orientation at A1. Finally, I will have my own driver soon (joke, haha). Gusto na daw nya kasi matuto magdrive, well actually dapat noon pa siya dapat mag-aaral kaso busy at medyo may kamahalan din talaga yung driving lesson. So after his orientation, we strolled inside the mall. Tagal na din kasi namin di nagdedate eh, imagine naman almost 2 months akong palaging tengga sa bahay. Just before we went home, we passed by at this small stall of happy cream puffs. I only tried Beard Papa's cream puff and I can say that I really liked it though I think it's just too pricey so minsan lang ako bumili. When I saw this Happy Cream puff store, I was immediately caught up because of the price of the cream puffs, di na ako nagdalawang isip nung nakita ko yung presyo, for Php 200.00 you will have 10 cream puffs! Not bad noh? I mean compared to Beard Papa's cream puff, it is a good deal.

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Happy Cream Puff

Hong Kong 2015 Travel notes (Budget, Guide etc.)

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Last part of my Hong Kong travel series. For the 4th part click here.

welcome to hong kong

My life as an employee.

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When I was in high school, programming is something that I didn't realize I'll be doing for the rest(?) of my life. The pressure of every body in my batch taking up nursing course makes me an outcast. Alam mo yung lahat ng tao sa paligid mo wants you take nursing as a course. Kesyo malaki ang possibility na makaka-abroad ka, malaki ang kita.  Kung ihahalintulad siya eh, ang nursing parang fashion, siya yung trend noong batch namin. Pag di nursing ang kinuha mo,may magtatanong, bakit hindi nursing ang kinuha mo? 

Photo credits to: http://zamnar.com/377819.html
And frankly, computer science course is not on my top list too. But why I decided to took this course? Well, there are several factors to consider: my best friend is taking an IT course, siyempre, para kaming tuko na di pwede maghiwalay, I decided to take a similar path; si crush computer science ang kinuha (edi ako gaya-gaya din, haha, I know it sounds mababaw pero may sira yata utak ko noon eh), na-addict ako sa pag-gawa gawa ng html/css (uso yan sa friendster/myspace noon, pagandahan ng profile) akala ko ganun lang din ang programming, ayoko na pagsisikan ang sarili ko sa mundo ng nursing kasi si kuya nagtake din ng nursing eh (pero eventually, di nya tinapos at kumuha ng IT).

So when I entered college, tsenen, hindi pala htm/css ang gagawin ko - java, c++, cobol, php (dito nagamit ko yung html/css, tandem sila eh). There are times that I did want to give up my course and choose something na kayang kaya ko ipasa.

Now, I'm celebrating my 5 years as an IT professional. It's a long walk. Sometimes I just wanted to stop at hindi porke tapos ka na ng college eh hindi ka na mag-aaral. It's not. You should continue building up knowledge. Continue studying, continue learning new technologies. If you will not do it, magsasawa ka kasi parang feeling mo di ka nag-gogrow, parang wala kang natutunan. So this is my advice to myself - to learn because there is so much to learn. Learning doesn't stop at school, it stops when you don't want to. So happy 5 years! Hey, let's move forward shall we?