Sunday, January 25, 2009

First Major Blessing for 2009

Dep and I were into contracts with a bank to buy 2 properties. Due to business losses, we were unable to meet our monthly installments for quite some time. For me, it would have been less of a headache if we just let go of those properties. A number of discussions were made and we settled to retain one property and apply some payments for the other property to the retained lot. Ownership of the lot needs additional payment of 420K but can still be loaned from the bank.
Delaying tactics were done by Dep and I to really make a decision. The properties have good marketability. In fact, we could have earned 2M had we finalize the sale of the lot along the road. But we disregarded the offer years back. Now that we finally made up our minds to sell it before bank action, nobody has the instant money.

Last Friday, we talked to the bank President and after 30 minutes of discussions, he was convinced that we no longer have to pay the additional 420k for the interior lot that we are retaining. That's how prayers work. I believe that what happened had a Divine intervention. I consider this a major blessing on a very special day of the year, my birthday on the 24th, the day following the good news. For this, I plan to share my blessings through an apostolate work once I have the money.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sanpa Farms

Dep and I aren't farm whiz but we make sure that we learn how to take care of our mango trees. Saturdays are meant for the farm, the tilapia pond, the hogs, and the chickens. Oh, no, the past 2 months, we failed to attend to its requirements. So many occasions. I have a guilty feeling for our "katiwala". They must be very much in need of funds.

Staying in the farm refuels my energy. Clean air! For once a week, I veg out and just listen to the sound of nature. How I wish we could have a rest house there. To attain that, got to earn megabucks. Who knows?

Jewelries are for keeps

Before buying jewelries, make sure that you are not buying it for investment. Most agents would convince you that it's better to invest on jewelries 'coz it appreciates fast. That's true if you appraise the jewelries at the buyer's point of view. To all ladies who are fascinated by the glow of these small pieces of asset, a piece of advice. Buy your diamonds on the intention that you'll keep it for life. It really appreciates fast. But don't you sell them. You'll be losing a lot contrary to the sale's talk that it is an investment. I learned my lesson.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wazzup for 2009

As I usually tell my children, we have to extend our hands to other people using not the excess of what we have but the resources that we also need. I want to continue that mission but now, we have to be more choosy in helping. We need to help ourselves also.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Christmas 2008

T'was a long holiday. I was expecting that I could read at least two books and improve my blogspot. I realized that Christmas holidays aren't for Moms. Our two "kasambahays" had their vacation in their province. I took their word they'd be here on January 3. But the ride back to work was not that easy, according to them. So, I took charge of the household chores to the last day of vacation. I am too zapped to work tomorrow.

I figured out how hard it is to stay home with all the kids and Christmas visitors. I will no longer get steamed up for petty errors committed by my ward. It is better to have somebody do some chores than doing these all by myself.

The family had dinner at Greenbelt in Makati on the 24th. Then we attended Misa de Aguinaldo at Mary the Queen Parish in Green Hills with Ayie and husband Dong. The weather wasn't that cold contrary to what I expected. Then we shared the Noche Buena at home. This time, we did not exchange gifts. We postponed this tradition due to belt tightening. Ayie is about to have their baby in early part of January. She'll be the 2nd apo and the first female apo. I am so excited to see her.

On New year's eve, we stayed in the nearby hometown. It was raining so less fireworks were lighted by the neighborhood. It was still fun to celebrate with the usual food I prepare: Sotanghon soup, ham, cheese, fruit salad, round fruits, and the latest addition to menu, original glazed doughnut by Krispy Kreme. When Yann bought that new addition, Aragon's tire exploded. Too early for new year's noise. It's good that they were at the drive-thru when it happened.