Saturday, March 29, 2014

Short-term Goals 2014 Updates


Let me ask you something, is there such thing as getting tired of anything personal finance? Honestly, in my case, yah. Eeeekk.I have been reading books about that matter for the longest time and the need to shift my focus to one of my interests (Science Fiction and fantasy) would be a wise choice. With that being said, blame my lack of posts to Game of Thrones and Walking Dead. I have been in some serious reading and serious marathon-watching of those two. Last episode of Walking Dead ends tomorrow and a new season of Game of Thrones will start this April 6!

I wouldn't say I am an expert on finance, it's that I just need to get away from it for a while coz my interest on learning about it is slowly dwindling. Thanks Jon Snow and Daryl Dickson for entertaining me as I need to have space from my manic-studying of the finance world.

Well, I still don't have debt so I guess I am entitled to take a break and relax from focusing too much on money. Say I'm right! Ha!

This post is an update of what have become of my 2014 goals. To know all about it, click here.

•Read non-fiction book minimum of 2 books per month

          - I read 4 non-fiction books for January and February but failed this month as reason stated above. I will have my zeal back, for sure.

•Own 2,000 items including clothes and other knickknacks

         -I didn't count my stuffs yet but it would be impossible to own 2,000 coz I have been letting go of stuffs regularly.I've learned to appreciate my possessions-that-fits-four-drawer-dresser but, I still have stuffs that are in the storage. I would still send them back home to either sell or to be give to my relatives.

•Have a one million peso cold hard cash in the bank. Cash, not paper assets

         - Since nobody knows me personally yet, I feel confident to divulge whatever I have.

   $10,000- Checking account (approx. PHP 430,000)
   $1,000- Cash-on-hand (approx. PHP 43,000)
PHP 60,000- Philippine savings bank

If my conversion of USD to PHP is correct, I would need to save approx. PHP 467,000 to reach this goal. Happy!

Eat healthier. Have at least a cup of fruit or veggies a day. Control my sweet tooth

          - Yikes! I am even eating fruit salad Filipino style. The kind which is loaded with condensed milk. haha! Since I have been living at my employer's place, eating fruit or veggies a day is attainable but curbing my sweet tooth is a challenge.

•Quit being an "OC" when it comes to finance

           - I am happy to report that I am slowly learning not to beat myself up every time I "want" something but I still can't bring myself to buy IPad, though!

•Use up all my skin care products and backups so I can switch to a natural skin care stuffs

        - Picture below is what my bathroom looks like. A lot, right? I still have to go through a lot of skincare stuffs. I did gave away tons but I still have a lot. This is what the Land of Excess can do. Sales and coupons bite!

Hoarder: Buried Alive

• Pinas for good by September 2014

      - As what some mababaw bisayans like me say,"kulba kulba my heart, kurog kurog my feet" but I'm trying to conquer it! I know I can! Challenge me!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Daylight Saving Time and a Trip to the Filipino Store

We move the clock one hour forward. Daylight saving time ends today.  When fall comes, we move the clocks one hour backwards thereby experiencing longer nights and when spring comes we move the clocks one hour forward thereby experiencing longer days. As the mnemonic states, fall backwards, spring forward. Weird, right?

As much as possible, I avoid Filipino store coz it's a spending danger zone  but, I decided to go there anyway. I can spend a lot when I'm there. The biggest I've spent was $150! Now, I'm trying to be conscious with what I'm buying when shopping for the most-missed Filipino yumminess! Haaaay..

So, what did I buy? Eeeeee, I am excited!

Ginisang Bagoong - $7.49 ( PHP 300+)

  • Ginamos $3.29 ( PHP 140+)

  •  Paksiw na Bangus $3.49 ( PHP 150+)

  •  555 Sardines $.79 each ( PHP 35+ each)

  • Pandesal $3.75 (PHP 160+)

  •  Pan de Ube $ 3.49 ( PHP 165+)

  • Monggos $1.49 ( PHP 65+)

  • Fried Peanuts $2.50 ( PHP 110+)

No matter how long we've been away from our motherland, we still misses and crave for foods we grew up with. 


Lami gyud!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Moving and Getting Sick

It's March and winter isn't over yet. We are expecting more snow and this cold weather is making me sick. I got sick this week. Fever, stuffy nose, loosing my voice to name a few. I'm mess and I'm glad I am getting better. My friend gave me salabat and boy, it felt so good down my throat. She also gave me Emergen-C. It claims to have 1000 MG of Vitamin C in  it.  

Emergen-C in raspberry in a snowy day

And ooh, I'm moving. My employer is renovating the house that I am staying. She is selling it. I am somewhat a caretaker of her extra house. She waited for the market to pick up due to the recession before selling it. She has a spare bedroom so now, I am currently crashing at her place.

Tonight, we are expecting winter storm Titan and it'll bring 5-10 inches of snow!

It's Sunday and new episode of Walking Dead is on tonight! Yay!