Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pregnant looking still but not pregnant

I've been asked again if I am pregnant and I had to say NO, I'm not, I just haven't lost my post partum belly. Sigh. I know I need to do some exercises for my tummy. It's great that my weight is not really an issue because I quickly lost them after a few months (read up on adderall and weight loss but didn't really need it in the end).  What I need is to shape up so my tummy doesn't always look like another baby is on the way.

While on the subject of babies, Baby R may very well be our bunso. I'm turning 41 this year so the chances of me having another one is slim -- but not zero. Let's see. If I get another "blessing" I'd welcome it with all my heart, but if not, I'm happy with my boy and my girl. :)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

My Loading Business

I don't know if it's the sign of the times, but even beggars nowadays ARE choosers. They won't accept small coins -- those with values of 25 centavos, for example, or food. I've actually seen some beggars throw the food or small denomination coins that's being given to them.  In disgust I suppose, but then while those amounts may be small, if you add them up, it should be quite substantial.  Tsk tsk tsk.

That's also why some people don't want to go into business when the profit margin is not very high.  They want a "tubong lugaw" sort of thing (meaning:  low capital but very high profits).  But successful business people and entrepreneurs know that small profits add up.  What you want is for customers to get back to you again and again and again.  And while profits per item are small, the small profits added up over several items would make your initial investment grow over time.

Which is why I'm pretty happy with my loading business. It does not earn me much per transaction, but it's pretty easy to do. Customers keep coming back because I do not overcharge them. And the small 8 to 10 percent profit that I get is already enough for me, as long as they go back to me again and again to load more. If you're interested, check out the blog where I talk more about this business. CLICK HERE.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Short getaway

We just went on a trip to Tagaytay. It was a pretty inexpensive trip for us, since we stayed in a relative's house instead of a hotel. That alone translated to more that 10K in savings, when you consider that we stayed for 3 nights (could have stayed longer if only my little girl didn't get sick). The trade off is that we had to clean up the place since it's been a while since it has been occupied.

The place is not that dirty. Just some "unavoidable" dust here and there. Good thing there was no toilet or  basement moisture from the last occupancy which could cause some mildew to grow. It was a relatively easy cleanup, not as bad as we thought.

We did our grocery and cooked our meals, which added to our savings.  A trip to the grocery costing about 1700 pesos fed 4 adults and 2 kids for about 6 meals.  If we had eaten out, that would probably not be enough for even 1 meal for us.

We also enjoyed our relative independence.  It was exciting being in charge of what to do, where to go and what to eat.

My grandma spends most of her time there in Tagaytay, and it's so easy to see why she prefers it there.  The cool climate, the slower pace of life, the fresher air.  It's so relaxing.  We went to visit her, and she seemed pretty happy.

We went to the Picnic Grove.  My son wanted to try the zipline, so my husband went with him.  We also rode the cable car.  E also got to ride a horse.  A short, but enjoyable afternoon.  But, the place was...sad.  It had so much potential, but it didn't live up to it.  The trail was very dirty, with garbage strewn everywhere.   I didn't dare go inside the restrooms, because I felt that it would be dirty, and I was right.  My son went in and went right out, exclaiming that it was dirty.  Sigh.  I hope the government of Tagaytay City would improve the place.  I'm pretty sure we won't be going back there anytime soon.

My kids are pretty simple kids.  What they probably enjoyed most was the playground.  I loved that it was pretty cool and my kids didn't get all hot and sweaty after playing.  It's a pretty good way for them to expend all their energy. 

I think we should have brought a TV though, because there are times when we needed the kids to stay still for a bit and they won't. :P  On second thought, it was ok that they took a break from TV too.

We planned to go to Paradizoo, but since my little girl developed a fever, we decided to head right back to Manila.

We really enjoyed our short break.  We were able to bond with our kids.  Hope we could have another trip soon.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A progressive "Chinese" preschool

I remember when I was a little kid and the rage in school products then were pencil cases with multiple compartments and box type school bags with wheels. Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars and the other Sanrio characters makes a little girl feel "in", while little boys prefer Voltes V, star rangers and the like.

Now, we've evolved to simpler pencil cases and wheeled backpacks, and while little girls (and their mothers too!), again, go gaga over Hello Kitty, little boys now go for Ben10, Spider-man, Thomas the train, and Cars.

What hasn't changed is the desire for parents for their kids to have a good education. 

It's because of this that I didn't turn down an invitation to join other mommy bloggers in a unique progressive Chinese small school in New Manila.  While I've been happy with my son's previous small school and now, his big school, I am still looking for other options because I'd like my children to learn Chinese.  I'm looking for options for my little girl's small schooling next year.  As for my preschool boy, he's now in a non-Chinese school but I'd still like him to study Chinese.

Will talk more about the school in a while.  Stay tuned.