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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Glo's Ville Apartelle in Baguio City: A Place for Budgetarian on Travel

One thing I love about my job is that it brings me to different places.  My first airplane experience was funded by the office. Yes, my very first airplane ride only happened two years ago.  Call me poor!  Haha.

You know what? For civil servants, work-related travel is generally not a perk.    Aside from spending nights away from home,  the per diem allowance is not that much. Ooops,  I am not complaining.  I am just stating a fact.     The  per diem allowance per employee is P800.  It already covers three meals and hotel accommodation. I bet you all know the rates of hotels.   Still, the idea of travel and work  makes me giddy. Haha.

As ordered, my officemates and I conducted an orientation in Baguio City.  We spent two days and one night there.  Our pocket money aka per diem allowance hindered us from booking a room in Baguio Country Club (spell asa) instead it  took us to Glo’s Ville Apartelle.

Glo’s Ville Apartelle is located in a residential area.  Approximately, it’s a three-minute drive from Burnham Park.  

The  room.     It’s a non- aircon room.  Who needs an AC in Baguio, anyway?  Good thing,  it has a 14-inch TV and an electric kettle – stuffs I needed during that rainy evening away from my dear husband.  (Cheesy!)  This  room can accommodate 4-5 persons. (I failed to take a photo of the two other beds.)

 As to the cleanliness of the restroom, I will let the photos speak.  

  Nevertheless, I didn’t have the right to complain.  We only paid P1,500 for a one night stay.   

Yeah I know.  It is definitely not the perfect place for your nth honeymoon.  However, it is good for backpackers on a  budget and of course, for civil servants on travel  who rely on their P800 per diem allowance.    

Location:  #74 2nd Road, Palma St., Baguio City
Phone no: 09162231974

 Thanks for reading.  

Monday, November 4, 2013

30 Week Money Challenge

This post is already long overdue.    For the past few days/weeks, I was not in the mood to write .    I was busy with work (I still am).  The issues with the condo developer (agent, employees, whoever!) also stressed me out.  Now,  I am back in shape.  How? I lifted everything to Him  and I counted and magnified  the blessings that my husband and I have been receiving.  Actually, I don’t need to magnify them because they are really enormous.  Thank you Lord!

It has been almost eleven months since we started getting a financial life.  Early this year, we jumped into a decision of purchasing a house (condo unit).  It was such a big decision because it would mean paying two condo units at the same (the one which we are currently renting  aka Makati condo and the one which we have contracted to buy aka QC condo).  On top of that, it would mean saving for the interior finishing of the QC condo.  Whew! Don’t worry guys,  we could still afford to eat three times a day. Haha.

Right now, we have completed the initial budget for the interior finishing.  However,  we are still saving for a  buffer fund.  Of course, we don’t want to be surprised with miscellaneous expenses.  I have the heart of a Girl Scout (Laging handa)!

Truth be told, saving is not that easy.   It’s not that easy to snub the allure of shopping.  It’s not that easy to look at the  FB photos of acquaintances YOLOing without feeling envious.  However, NOT EASY  does not mean NOT DOABLE.   Saving is absolutely doable – with discipline and creativity.  Yes, creativity…creativity to keep us motivated.  We must think of creative and fun ways to save.

While blog hopping, I came across  this 52-Week Money Challenge. 

At a glance, the challenge is simple.  You just need to deposit the amount stated  in the chart weekly.    A piece of cake, right?

Without a second thought, I accepted the challenge.  But, I modified it  a bit.  Instead of 52 weeks, I reduced it to 30 weeks because it would be difficult for me to sustain the monthly deposits after the 30th week.  And instead of doubling the amount deposited, I added P50 per week.  


Was the challenge  in reality a piece of cake? was easy at first, but as weeks went by, it became challenging.  The reason why it is called MONEY CHALLENGE.    However,  quitting was never an option. 

After  completing the challenge, the amount of P23,250 was added in my home sweet home fund – more than enough to tile a 20-sqm-floor area.    

Thank you for reading!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Funny but true, the only ramen I knew was Nissin’s Cup Ramen.  Talk about being jologs. When Runel, my best office bud, asked if I want to try Ryu Ramen and Curry, my answer was a quick yes.  I wanted to try the “real” Ramen just for the experience.  

Since I am not quite familiar with  ramen, I let Runel order for me.  He chose Tantanmen.  It’s a spicy miso based broth with ground pork, soft boiled egg, negi and garlic oil with two slices of pork.  The spiciness is categorized into MILD, HOT and VERY HOT.   Since I am an ORAGON (astig Bicolana), I chose HOT.   It only took me one spoonful to know the difference between Nissin’s Cup Ramen and  authentic ramen.    The taste? Uhm, it was simply flavorful. Ramen, specifically Tantanmen from Ryu outshines all the noodle soups I’ve tasted including Naga City's pride, Kinalas. 

 It was worth the try.  It was worth the price.

I will definitely go back.

Price:  P280 (the cheapest ramen in the metro I think)
Location: Tomas Morato, Quezon City

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Boss:  Che, magkano kaya ang freight fee papunta ng batangas?

Me: Ano po ba papadala?

Boss:  Chocolates tsaka yung parang peanut butter.

Me:  Speculoos boss?

Boss: Oo. Ba’t mo alam? Mahal yun ah.

Me:  Boss naman,  sosyal kaya ako.

While discussing the budget for a particular project…

Boss: Che, diba taga Bicol ka, magkano airfare?

Me:  Boss, di ko  po alam.  Nagba-bus lang po ako.

Boss: Akala ko ba sosyal ka?