Weekend Story: Baguio Trip + Bacoor Visit

I was in Baguio last Friday and Saturday for work and so the hubby and I only got to drive home in Bacoor on Saturday night after I arrived in Manila from Baguio. We spent the rest of the weekend just taking some rest and finishing some errands.

Our event in Baguio was a success (thank God!). It was super cold there during our visit (we were a group of five). Balita ko umabot pa ng 8 degrees Celsius nung madaling araw ng Sabado, buti na lang tulog pa ako nun at nakabalot ng comforter sa hotel, hahaha. But I enjoyed Baguio so much I wanted to go back this summer!

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Weekend Story: Home Sweet Home with My In-Laws

One of the perks of staying in our Bacoor home during weekends is we get to practice being husband and wife. You know, just the two of us doing things together. Having house guests, however, has its own advantages. Like when my in-laws join us in Bacoor, for instance, and life suddenly becomes easier. You see, my MIL is very fond of doing household chores. Whenever she’s visiting us, she wouldn’t stop until she sees the whole house spick and span. Actually, she hates clutter so much that when she was still working at the restaurant, she would spend her days off staying at home and just cleaning up their house. She gets satisfied and happy doing just that. Now that she’s semi-retired, she still does a lot of cleaning (at their place here in Manila and at ours in Bacoor). I hope I inherit her “kasipagan” one day. Haha.

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Weekend Story: More Time Together and With Family

Last weekend was just like a lot of our past weekends — simple and quiet. On Saturday, the hubby biked in Mall of Asia (MOA) in the morning with his biking buddy Giannie while I was busy sleeping, hahaha. When afternoon came, we drove home in Bacoor. We had the house all to ourselves and so we had a lot of couple time doing mostly household chores. We got back to Manila on Sunday night and had a family dinner at Max’s Restaurant SM Manila courtesy of our seaman cousin Jun2x who has just come back from his 11-month stint in a foreign cargo ship. (He was also part of a few of my weekend stories in 2015 when he was still staying at my siblings’ place finishing his seafarer’s trainings and completing his papers.). Thanks again for the treat, Jun2x!

It was another weekend to remember and these few photos are proof to that:

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Crocheting with Edel: Multi-Purpose Crochet Rectangles

What to do with leftover yarns? Why not create something useful out of them by turning them into crochet rectangles? Crochet rectangles are multi-purpose (the bigger, the better) as they can be used as coasters, seat covers, dish cloths, and appliques. Or you could just put them on your side table or shelf as protective underlayer for the various kikay stuff you placed there on a regular basis. Isn’t that practical and dainty at the same time? I believe it is!

That’s why I decided that the leftover yarns from my chunky sweater and chevron cowl be used for this purpose.

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My Monthly Income Distribution in 2016

I only started saving money more seriously in 2014. It was also around that time when I started investing in the stock market. Back then, I created this MS Excel file that I would update religiously. (I actually use it to this day!) I took advantage of Excel’s autosum feature as a way of adding up the money I got to save every month. I made several tables and filled it with relevant items and figures. I felt happy and accomplished because at the end of each passing year up to December 2016, I saw my savings grew dramatically from how it was prior to 2014.

My monthly income distribution, or how I divide my income to provide for my needs and that of my family, is pretty simple. Take note that this “income” refers only to the salary I receive from my job as a rank-and-file government employee. It doesn’t include the hubby’s as we manage our respective salaries and pay for our marital expenses on a shared basis. He still pays more than I do, like he solely takes care of our house and lot amortization, which is something I appreciate about him.

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Weekend Story: More Yarn Shopping + Dinner with My Godchildren

Last weekend was quite hectic. On Friday night, we had a family dinner at The Hashery, the newly-opened casual dining restaurant catering mostly to students in Sampaloc, Manila. On Saturday morning, I, accompanied by the hubby and Mame, did some yarn shopping in Rosario, Pasig (Gantsilyo Guru’s shop and Lacion Yarn Store). After that, we all went home in Bacoor with a stop-over at S&R Baclaran. I would be hosting a dinner for my godchildren that night and due to time constraints, I resorted to buying ready-to-eat food and some easy-to-prepare salad ingredients from there. (I just cooked pasta and rice when we got home.) While I was picking food items off the shelves, the hubby was buying new tires which he had the S&R tire center staff installed to our car.) We got back to Manila on Sunday afternoon as I had this work-related meeting to attend. The hubby biked to Roxas Blvd. while I was busy in the office. We would see each other again at night and I would start crocheting for a new project before going to bed.

It was another packed weekend for us. We had lots of fun and laughter and we felt productive at the same time. Here are photos from our weekend activities:

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