Life/Parenting Lessons: Why I Enrolled My Daughter in Kumon Philippines

The Battle for My Daughter to Take Up Kumon Lessons Up Head —  A few days ago, my naughty husband sent the following photo to my mother, who is a doting grandmother to my 5-year old daughter, Aeva: On the photo, Aeva fell fast asleep on top of her Kumon worksheets. Apparently, she was doing […]

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HR Talk: Did You Know SSS Provides Funeral Benefits (It’s Php 20,000 to 40,000!)?

Did you know that SSS provides Funeral Benefits to its Members? One of the not-so-much-talked-about benefits is the Funeral Benefits provided by our Social Security System (SSS). From August 2015, deceased members can receive a Php 20,000 to Php 40,000 funeral benefit from the SSS, depending on how their Average Monthly Salary Credit (AMSC), which […]

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Life Lesson: When a Son Brings His Family Deep in Debt

The source of drama this week was care of my daughter’s yaya (babysitter). Our yaya is hre family’s breadwinner and supports her Mindoro-based unemployed husband and her five male children, one of whom is already working in Batangas. The eldest is 21 years old and is working in a feeds factory in Batangas. Yaya was […]

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Highly Recommended: My Little Art Place (Zoom Version) for Art Classes to Kids as Young as 4 Years Old

It’s Aeva’s first My Little Art Place lesson last August 11. I have enrolled her for some art classes just to see how far her interest would go.  Their Zoom-based art classes had the following details: Rate: 8 Sessions, 2x a week for Php 6,800.00 payable by bank deposit or transfer 1.5 to 2.0 hours […]

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HR Opinions: Minimum Wage is NOT the Problem. Freeloaders are.

How Minimum Wage Works I wrote this last Labor Day, and as usual, employees are clamoring to increase the Minimum Wage. As of today, minimum wage in the Philippines stands between Php 380 to Php 537 depending on locality. For NCR, that equates to Php 13,962.00 per month on a 6-day work week, or around […]

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Mommy Hacks: 8 Reasons Why Home Schooling and Online Learning is Not for Us

Trumpets Playshop texted me today about the possibility of enrolling into an online workshop. The workshop fee would be lowered and there will be no additional fees for recital, costumes and script. The price will be around 2/3 of the regular price. Classes will be available live via an online app. I texted them that […]

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COVID-19 Update: Seniors, Please Stay at Home!

Senior citizens are protesting the government’s movement to stay at home. They said they want to go out, shop, buy medicines. They say it is unconstitutional to stay home, saying it feels like house arrest. The well-respected businessman and blogger, Mr. John Gaisano, wrote the following statement today in support of Yafuibanag’s statement (below): While […]

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Love Hacks: The Choice is Simple — Forgive or to Leave

A lot of women complain about their significant others. Specifically, in the aspect of infidelity. “My husband cheated,” they would ask. “But he said he’s sorry. Do cheaters change?” Obviously, every single woman would shout, “NO, Are you freaking nuts?! Don’t be a martyr!” This shout of indignation is followed by, “LEAVE HIS ASS!” Why is it […]

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10 Things That Kept Me Busy During the ECQ

Over the last month, our family has spent a lot of quality time with each other as we generally followed through the government mandated Expanded Community Quarantine (ECQ). 1. I worked… The first two weeks, I closed the 2019 ledgers which are long overdue. I never got the chance to do this before since I’ve […]

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26-Day ECQ Menu for the Family

The ECQ has created cooks in us all. In our family, I scoured through the Internet for easy-to-do recipes to feed the family. Sayang naman if I kept it to myself. So here are some of the dishes we cooked during ECQ. Please note that I have interchanged some dishes after making the list depending on my […]

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