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My Taiwan Blogventure: P 15,840 All-In Budget

* Youtube video included; See below at the end of this blog post.
It's better to see something once, than hear to hear about it a thousand times. - Asian Proverb

Big smile as I arrived at Taoyuan Airport

Taiwan is still visa-free for Filipino passport holders up to July 2020. My immigration experience, was quite a breeze, the only question, the I.O.  asked me was where I am working. I only showed my passport and airline ticket and that's it, I'm on my way to my assigned boarding gate at NAIA's Terminal 3.
I only have a carry-on bag and my shoulder bag. I made sure that both bags weigh, 7kgs only. It is summer now in Taiwan, so I only have to bring light clothes and basic essentials with me. I only use my I-phone to take photos and videos for my blog and Youtube.
Wifi is free and the signal was strong all throughout the hostel. Outside of the hostel, generally, there is free wifi, which, I happily avail. If, makakapaghintay pa naman, maybe you can just wait till you get t…
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Learn the Art of Saying No

To avoid these fears you concocted in your mind it is easier then to just say YES. YES is another short letter word which connotes positivity. When does a YES become a deterrent to a person's emotional growth? It is when saying YES means you are not being true to your self on what you really feel or believe in and it does not resonate with the values you held in high esteem.
Do you oftentimes hear your self apologizing again and again even if there is nothing to apologize with? Take this instance, you are to meet your friend for lunch, but you arrived 10 minutes late. You are embarrassed that your friend has to wait for 10 minutes for you so you apologized and say " I'm late because I was caught in traffic". That's all right because your friend deserves an explanation why you're tardy for the lunch date but if you keep on apologizing the whole time you're eating then there is something wrong with that. It is not a simple regret of being late for your lunch…

What's in a life of a Work-at-home Mom

"Work-life balance is not a reality. You need to strive for work-life integration or work-life blend. My family is most important, but my job is also an important part of who I am and I want my kids to appreciate that." - Overheard at She Runs It Working Mother of the Year Awards




I need to work John's salary is not enough to provide for our family.
My Boss didn't approve my leave advise, he said I already incurred so many leaves and it's just a quarter of the year.
It's Jena's recital, David wanted me to attend because they have a sales meeting, but I said you should be the one to attend, we have a quarterly meeting as well.

Kate, this is Rina, please tell Boss, I can't go to work now, my baby is sick.

Sweetheart, Mommy has to go to the office now, I'll be home soon, I bring you something, don't cry (Mommy & baby cries together).

Lisa, do you have any job openings in your company, I need a job, any job. I need to find work, I don't have a hu…

Goodbye 2018...Hello 2019!

"What interests me in life is curiosity, challenges, the good fight in its victories and defeats." - Paulo Coelho


Geez...so much had happened in the year 2018 and in just a few days the year that was will be over. We herald the coming of 2019 with a big bang! Today is a great day to sit back, take a break from what we are doing, pause for a while and reflect on the year 2018. It would be much better if you journalize it so you can read it later on and have a better look of what happened or didn't happened in your life this year. I have a to-do list which you can simply follow and serve as a guide on how you fared well this year.
Get a new notebook

It would be better if you can get a stenotype of a notebook, which you can easily flip the pages upwards.

List down your achievements for the year

You can break this down by making a list of simple achievements and a list of grand achievements. Why do you need to do that? Most people have the notion that success means having a ne…

The Essence of Christmas in Our Lives

Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us. - David Cameron

*Christmas video #4

It will soon be Christmas day! People are milling in the department stores to buy clothes, shoes, gifts for family and friends. Everywhere you'd see people with paper bags on both hands filled with their Christmas shopping. Christmas carols can be heard everywhere, either they are played over the radio or children and adults singing carols outside our houses at night. Christmas trees filled with Christmas trimmings are prominently displayed in houses. Christmas lanterns add up to the brightness of the Christmas nights. One can feel the Christmas spirit in the air.

Is everybody really happy as we celebrate this Christmas season? What about in countries where there is a war going on? How about the people who are martyred for their Christian beliefs? How about the people languishing in prisons? How about the men and women who have to work in foreign lands to s…

Tips on How to Go Shopping for the Christmas Holidays

*Christmas video#3
Christmas lantern up? ..check.
Christmas tree up?...check.
Christmas lights up?...check.
Mistletoe up?...check.
So what else is missing? uhhmm...
Christmas shopping list?...uncheck!
Well, the most important of all is Christmas shopping to complete our Christmas holidays! This is the most awaited activity during this season. We have all kind of reasons to splurge, fill our shopping bags and empty our pockets during this time of the year! But wait, we don't really have to empty our pockets and went through all kind of stress during this season, you just have to follow these tips guaranteed to make your Christmas holidays joyous, organized and budget conscious.
Plan the day of your shopping 
You can make your shopping date a bonding time with the family. Going shopping with the whole family would be lots of fun so it is important to choose a date where each member would be free for the day. It's a great way to have a personal time with your family, it's lik…

All About Santa and His Importance in Our Lives

Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and seeks to make them happy. - Edwin Osgood Grover*Christmas Video #2 included
What's so special about Christmas that we wait for it the whole year round and when it finally comes there is that something surreal and magical that we can't exactly explain?

Christmas, as we all know, is the time of the birth of the baby Jesus Christ. That is one of the main reason that Christmas time is special. We celebrate the birth of Christ and this brings hope and joy in our hearts.

There is also one other person that is always associated with Christmas and this is our dear Santa Claus. You probably can't help yourself and belt out "You better watch out, you better not cry. Better not pout, I'm telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town". And indeed Santa Claus is coming to town! Every young boy and girl have the Christmas list of their Christmas wishes in their tiny hands.

Kids would try to keep wide awake to catch who the real Sant…

3 Ways to Prepare for the Christmas Holidays

*Christmas video included
The morning air is turning cold, Christmas carols are being played, Christmas lanterns are being sold along the roads and in the stores...indeed, Christmas is in the air!

It is again the time of the year where you scoured all thrift stores for gifts for family and friends. You have your own Santa list of "who's naughty and nice" and you are up to your elbows what to give, what to buy and even how to wrap it. Alas, it seems the house is not yet ready for the festivities because there are a lot of things to do and fix before we can set up our Christmas trees and lanterns. Here are some tips to set the stage and prepare our homes for the holidays. Through these tips, you will feel less overwhelmed and enjoy the Christmas festivities more.

Declutter your house

Rummage through your closets and remove all clothes that you are not using anymore. Instead of letting the moths feast their way through your clothes fill up a large trash bag with all the clot…

Photographs and Memories that Forever Remain in our Hearts

Photographs and memories...are all I have to remember you. - Jim Croce

Product Review: Pond's Age Miracle Wrinkle Corrector

The face you have at age 25 is the face God gave you, but the face you have after 50 is the face you earned. - Cindy Crawford A wrinkle here and there is something we aging women should not be ashamed of or be embarrassed about. It is true that our wrinkles is the symbol of our adventures in life. As an aging adult, I am a proponent of aging gracefully. To age gracefully is to feel good about yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually. A part of aging gracefully is to take care of yourself physically by keeping yourself physically fit and taking care of our skin. To maintain a skin care routine is a must to keep our skin soft and supple even in our 50s. 5 -10 minutes is enough to devote to your skin care before you retire for the night. These few minutes you give to yourself is not being narcissistic, it is a simple way of giving importance to yourself also.

Do not be guilty if you want to improve the physical aspect of your being. Aging doesn't mean looking tired and haggar…

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