Friday, July 25, 2014

Essentials for a Commuting and Working Office Girl

I ride three jeepneys every weekday morning to get to work. And it is never easy for me. But with a few extra things, each commuting morning gets better.

When I decided to go back to work and try my luck in an office just inside my daughter's school, I seriously considered riding a school bus to work. In fact I contacted several carpools for a one-way seat.

It is July 25, the rainy month is about to end and I am getting used to the commuting routine in the morning.

1. Cloth Face Mask

I wear a cloth face mask, even when my hubby laughs at me when I do.

2. Comfy Crocs

I realized it is never comfortable to commute on a regular basis, in a rainy season, on your plan black ballet flats. They get wet.

3. Umbrella

I still prefer this over a foldable umbrella.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Decluttering Toys

It has been an ongoing project for me: to declutter everything that we are not using. But I (am) used to be a very sentimental person that's why whenever its is throwing away-decluttering time, I end up just destashing a few items then I return all the other kalat to their Kalat spaces.

So I take pictures before I sell, give or throw them away.

That's Cecilia's battery operated mini piano I bought at a nearby mall when I was still on maternity leave in Pasig with mom. I remember my excitement on wanting to play with her. And that is Jersey's toy trumpet. Both are not working anymore even with fresh batteries.

This is a space consuming but inexpensive baby carriage I bought when Cecilia was 2 years old.

Here are attempts to document this decluttering phase of my life:

How to Sell Your Stuff
Cecilia's Things
Decluttering By Giving Them Away
Give Them All Away
Still Give Them Away
Decluttering By Selling Them Online

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Immaculate Conception Parish Barangay Sangandaan Quezon City

I live nearby. I live so close to the Church that I church bells ringing when masses start.

And it will always be a long list of excuses not to attend mass. But this Sunday Cecilia and I did. And she brought Pinkie Pie with us.

And I have an excuse to wear my Dress Up Like Your Daughter Dress.

Selfie Selfie while waiting for the Mass to start.

The front camera of my Cherry Flare 2.x makes grainy photos.

Friday, July 11, 2014

How to Track Your Expenses

Time and time again I have been meaning to track our household expenses.

I always start on a January first, forget about it, then start February 1st. By Feb10th I feel its too much work. Or that I am taking too much time on it.

I am not always online, or I don't have my pen and paper with em everyday, or I simply tend to forget (or choose not to) log those receipts.

The only way for me to do this for one whole month is to get motivated. And in fact it is needed now more than ever since I simply do not have the luxury to spend beyond what is necessary.

I am starting this July, and I have three ways to write down everything:
1. a pen and a small piece of paper to write down what I can remember
2. a small envelop where I can keep receipts
3. an online google excel spreadsheet wherein I can type everything when I get a chance to get online

I am now on Day 11.
10 More Days then this is a good habit.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Cheapest Pills for Breastfeeding Moms

I take Trust Daphne Oral Contraceptive Pills since it is the cheapest at 130php per month. Other Progestin-Only Pills are Cerazette at 600php, and Exluton at 200php.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Malunggay Pancake, Banana Pancake, Marshmallow Pancake

Banana Pancake for Hubby, Malunggay Pancake for Mommy, Marshmallow Pancakes for Ate C. Baby is still sound asleep.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Quick Breakfasts for a Commuting and Working Office Girl

This is my running photo list of breakfasts I've had since I started being an office girl this July.

July 1 Tue: First Day of Work
Pan De Sal (from the nearby bakery) + Sunny Side Up Egg + Del Monte Canned Four Seasons Juice

July 2 Wed: Second Day of Work
Oat Granola Cereals + Fresh Milk

July 3 Thu: Looking forward to a slow office day
Tasty Bread + Queensland Butter + Milo

July 7 Mon: 
Pan De Sal + Banana + Sunny Side Up Egg

July 8 Tues:
Cheesedog + Fried Rice + Ketchup

July 25 Friday
Hotdog + Fried Rice + Mayonnaise

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Minimum Wage (Almost)

I applied for work this June and luckily I got a post. By the end of July I will be getting a monthly gross salary of 15,000Php. The job is project based, so no security of tenure is guaranteed.

But at least I get to go home with my daughter C who studies nearby.

Today she picked me up here at work.

Back to Another Office Corner

I spent the past years at home mothering and parenting the children. And now I am back to dressing up every morning, going through the traffic jam whose name is Katipunan, and spending precious time in an office environment. 

I have struggled maintaining an online presence in the past. We have been simplifying the way we eat, live, work and study, almost to the bare naked, to the detriment of my blogging existence. But now I am back. I have missed sharing what’s going on. Rest assured there’ll be more exciting news, thoughts, adventures, discoveries and experiences to share.

On my commute to work this morning, I passed by this broken sidewalk. And I found it pretty.