Does the brand Lander ring a bell to you? If you’re a fan of imported goods and you often shop at PX stores, then you’re familiar with Lander. Lander is a US heritage brand of personal care products since 1920. The good news is that Lander is now here in the Philippines with a brand new look and formulation perfect for the Filipino family’s needs.
Is having a life insurance important? Absolutely, yes! Especially if you have a family who depends on you. On the first years at my work, two companies conducted a presentation about their product, guaranteed life insurance and how important it is to avail one while we’re still young. Because when starting early on, the premiums are lower. Think of it as a long term investment, it may be morbid to think of death but at least, you have something prepared for your family’s welfare.
I availed an insurance that allows me to invest too from Sunlife called Sunlife Flexilink. I’m not knowledgeable about stocks so I just trust my advisor from Sunlife. I hope more online earnings will come so that I can also have additional investments aside from paying just the premium.
Life is too short to dwell on negative things. Life is too short to harbor hatred and grudge.
Forgive and forget easily. Move forward.
It’s difficult to let a day pass with a heavy heart.
When dealing with problems, focus on how to solve
it. Do not look for its cause nor search for someone to blame.
Sometimes, no matter how OC you are, things will be out of your control.
Though a cliche, everything happens for a reason.
Count your blessings, open your eyes to the countless sources of joy.
Ignore the negativities, be positive.
It is how you react that defines your life.
Ages ago, Mother’s Day doesn’t excite me, ooops, sorry Nanay. But when I became a mom, I got excited that I’m going to have a special day dedicated for me. And it’s fun to celebrate occasions with Jeff and now with Gwen. This Christmas, I’m doubly excited because 3 days before Christmas, it’ll be Gwen’s first birthday! I won’t mind if I don’t receive christmas gifts for mom, Gwen will be the star this year…
Our friend from SG is here, we stayed at their house last month. And to give back for their hospitality and for the sake of bringing back old times, we decided to have an out-of-town trip. Just a day trip to Laguna for the kids to go swimming. I have no idea yet what resort but I’m actually rushing now because I didn’t prepare for this trip. I don’t want to go so that Gwen can rest after her consecutive trips for the last weekend. And she had colds…
Another thing is we had a few mishaps with the car, last week Jeff accidentally backed up our boss’s car at the parking lot (yes, in the parking lot, how lucky eh?) and then this week, the car tire got bloated (got a huge bump) while in the middle of Edsa. I just hope that no more car-related misfortunes will happen especially now that we’ll be on the road with Gwen. And if worse comes to worst, I hope there will be roadside assistance club along SLEX to take care of us.
When I was still young, I would draw my own vision of my dream house. I remember I doodled a tall house with several floors and several rooms for special purposes like TV room, guest room, etc. Fast forward, we’re glad that our parents helped us in acquiring our own house in Cavite. Unfortunately, it’s too far from our work so we have to stay at my parents’ house, Caloocan to Quezon City is a more practical route.
Another thing is that the house in Cavite is still bare, with no partitions. We already talked to some designers but we can’t afford their rates yet. Plus, our design ideas are always changing. Maybe I should just get an interior design degree online and do it myself, with my vision. I found some ideas at http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com.
If only there are affordable manufactured homes for sale near Quezon City, we could have lived on our own dream house too.
What’s your dream house?
After the Singapore trip, what I’m looking forward is our Boracay trip on November, in time for my birthday. I don’t know yet if we will celebrate my birthday (November 1) in Boracay or in our town in Aklan together with my family.
Jeff and I talked about things to look forward to, because of our mind-draining work, a quick getaway is a must once in a while. And now that we’re back to work, we can’t help but think about the next trip.
Boracay will be Gwen’s second flight and second beach getaway. I’m excited to try new things together with our little one, building sandcastles, watching the sunset, riding ATVs with RZR XP Accessories, going to Mt. Luho, etc.
How about you? Where’s your next trip? What are the things you look forward to this year?
When I was still single, I already got a Sun Life life insurance plan and a Loyola pension plan. It was a good thing that I started to save for myself early on because most of our earnings now go to Gwen’s immunizations (*sigh*). But I still have to resume the Loyola plan because I wasn’t able to pay the premium for two consecutive years after they moved their office and also stopped sending their collector to our office. If budget permits, I’m planning to persuade Jeff on getting his own term life insurance too. It’s not that important when he’s still single but having a family that relies on him is a different and serious matter.
Gwen’s first out of town trip at 4 months. We brought Gwen to our company outing at Kabayan Beach Resort, Laiya, Batangas. It’s a 3-day trip only but I found that traveling with a baby is quite a task, especially with packing all the essentials. We almost brought our house, check out the photo below, we brought 3 bags. Can you guess where’s Gwen’s bag?
- all our bags are packed
Well, the black Salomon bag is Jeff’s, it only contains some essentials and few pieces of parish clothing. The red bag is mine and, the biggest bag belongs to Gwen. The yellow duffle bag has clothes, diapers, clothes, baby bottles and her bottle sterilizer. We almost brought her bath tub, lol!
More stories next time…
We applied for Gwen’s passport last week. We’re lucky to find an earlier schedule for passport application for her passport to be released just in time for our Singapore trip on July. Our appointment is at 5:00 pm, but we’re already there at 4:30 pm and proceeded with the process, we’re finished after 30 minutes.
Requirements for passport application of infants/minor are minimal:
- NSO authenticated birth certificate – I requested Gwen’s birth certificate via NSO Birth Certificate Delivery.
- Passport of both parents, original and photocopy
- Personal appearance of minor with either parent
- Marriage certificate, original and photocopy
Gwen’s passport will be released on June 13 since they don’t accept rush applications. Regular passport processing is Php 950. Passport delivery is additional Php 120.
I’m so excited for our first family trip, the three of us. I’ll take lots of pictures of Universal Studios, steel buildings around Singapore, food trips and shopping at Orchard Road for Gwen to see once she grows up.