Weekend Story: 5th Wedding Anniversary Celebration

Our fifth wedding anniversary called for a celebration and deserved a long weekend so the hubby and I both filed for a leave last Friday. We then checked into Acacia Hotel in Alabang for a staycation (just what we needed after an exhausting work week!). Acacia Hotel didn’t disappoint, from the room accommodation and hotel facilities to the friendly service and breakfast buffet. Everything was beyond what we expected so we ended up having an awesome overnight stay. The rest of our weekend was spent with family: malling with my in-laws on Saturday night and driving up to Antipolo to hear mass and having a family dinner at Robinsons Place Ermita on Sunday. It was a fun weekend and we are grateful for the happy memories created and shared.

Here are several photos depicting our weekend activities:

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Weekend Story: All Work in Baguio

Last weekend, I was in Baguio for work. The hubby stayed in Manila at my in-laws’ place while I lucked out and got to spend a night at Baguio Country Club (BCC) with two of my officemates. We were there for the lunch event the President hosted for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Salaknib Class of 2017 graduates and their families which was held at PMA’s Yap Hall right after the graduation rites at their grandstand. It was a happy occasion and I could feel the overflowing pride and gratitude among the guests.

Here are some photos I took during my short, work-related trip to Baguio:

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Weekend Story: New Car + Other Stuff

With the arrival of our new car last Friday, we are back to paying monthly car amortizations starting April. I had mixed feelings about this as I initially wanted to use our old car as long as possible. But after understanding where the hubby was coming from, I gave in to his plea and went on to co-sign the car loan with him. Wives should listen to their husbands, sometimes, hahaha.

We sold our old car (thank you and goodbye, Nissen!) to buy a new one (hello and welcome, British!). It was another adult decision that we’ve both agreed to make. So help us God. Now we have a better car that could get us from point A to point B more comfortably and with greater efficiency. For one, it has automatic transmission. The car is now easier to drive for us. Also, it’s diesel, not gas, which implies cheaper fuel prices. Actually, based on the hubby’s thorough research, he found out the Hyundai Accent 2017 has more pro’s than con’s. It’s really just a matter of how the driver uses it, good practices, proper maintenance, and all.

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Tips To Maintain a Zero Balance on Credit Cards

While many can’t keep their credit cards at a zero balance, some people can. I’m one of those people who pay their monthly credit card balance in full (but not after experiencing getting neck-deep in credit card debt first which was one of the reasons why I got to appear on a local business and finance TV show last year!). More than learning my lesson the hard way, I think what made me get my acts together was getting drained (financially and emotionally) by this vicious cycle which only I could break. The thought of being credit card debt-free (and the joy that comes with it!) was just a bonus.

Maintaining a zero balance on credit cards is doable. Here are some practices I employ to make sure the hubby and I get to pay our credit card debts in full every month:

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Weekend Story: A Fab Engagement Party in Manila + A Visit to Bacoor

Last weekend felt bitin (as usual) but we had lots of fun. On Saturday, I woke up to the sounds of people walking around and moving stuff. There would be an engagement party that night in the Legarda Mansion (a.k.a. where my PILs work and live). I expected the set up to be beautiful but I didn’t expect it to be breathtakingly beautiful. Like it was taken right out of the setting of Beauty and the Beast (looking forward to the upcoming movie also?) with the hanging chandeliers, the glass lanterns on the floor, the candelabras on the table, the gold Tiffany chairs, and the floral arrangements and garden vines scattered all over the place. I would find out later that it was styled by no less than Jo Claravall who creates real life wonderlands for a living.

And because one of the newly-engaged couple throwing the party was a Legarda and the hubby’s kababata, we were included in the guest list. Food was catered by Cibo. Music was provided by a harp and an orchestra. There was also a DJ during the afterparty. It was a fab and tasteful engagement party and I think all guests went home happy. The newly-engaged couple Tessa and Fred are having their church wedding in France next year. We want to be there but unfortunately, di namin afford, hahaha.

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Crocheting with Edel: Dual-Colored Zippered Crochet Pouch

I made another zippered crochet pouch but this time it was dual-colored. Again, the yarns used for this project were leftovers from my previous projects. Sayang naman kasi kung hindi gagamitin. I gave this pouch to my SIL Albie because she requested for one when I was still learning to crochet. I told her to just wait and soon enough, I was able to make this for her. It isn’t perfect but it sure was a labor of love. Plus, the star stitches are lovely!

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