Friday, January 01, 2016

2015 Look Back (Facing 2016 with Hope and Gratitude)

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!!

Before I actively face the year of the monkey (2016), I'd like to take a moment and look back at the year that has gone by (2015).

Since I haven't been blogging much the past year due to my delicate pregnancy during the first trimester, frequent travels and our being busy with Global Intergold, I promised myself to create a post this new year that will make me look back at the last 12 months with hope and gratitude. And indeed, as I was going through the thousands of photos I accumulated last year, my heart was filled with joy as I began to realize just how blessed bebeko Hanz and I have been despite of all the challenges we've been through. Not only did our major dreams come true (being able to start a new life together, getting our first million pesos from Global Intergold, buying our dream car, getting pregnant and having safely delivered our beautiful baby boy)  I was also still able to live my life as a nomad, a sexy nomad albeit pregnant. Ako na ang hyper na buntis! Hehehe! ;)

A marketing guru from Iceland, Thoranna, once told me that I ought to enjoy my pregnancy while it lasts --- you know, all that special attention from your spouse, family and friends, even from strangers who tend to be extra nice with you, as well as all the sleep you're allowed to get coz once that kid inside of you pops out, it's goodbye sleep and quality time with your significant other and yourself. And she's right! During the first trimester of my pregnancy, I was experiencing so much discomfort for the first time in my life --- nausea, vomiting, severe mood swings, can't concentrate, all food tasted bland, headaches, etc. that I can't help but hate the fact that I was pregnant! Why didn't my girlfriends tell me that pregnancy (at least the first three months) would be such a horrible ordeal? And now that the 9 months are over and done with (thank God!) and our little bundle of joy is now growing into a cute little angel, I am kinda missing my baby bump these days... go figure!

I guess the reason for this is because carrying a life inside of me has been such a miracle and feat at my age  (I'm 37!) plus, I am also polycystic that even my OB told me it's a miracle I got pregnant.  Moreover, it's been such a wonderful year, the best I've had so far in my 37 years of existence. In 2015, I changed so much of myself (my mindset) like I said I would back in my New Year's Resolution post last January 2015, which is why my major dreams did come true. Things just slowly fell into place in 2015 and though we still encountered some bumps along the way, we've always managed to overcome them and come out of it better and stronger than before. If 2014 has been such an emotionally trying and lonely year for me, 2015 was the exact opposite! I've never been happier and content and it is my wish that this 2016, our life will just keep getting better.

So before I finally move on to better things, here's a look back at the past 12 months in colorful collages...

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Sleepless in Alabang (One Month of Parenthood and Counting...)



Mahirap na masirap ang pagiging isang ina...

I can't believe that our little angel is now one month old! Happy 1st month EURWYN TUSCANY KALE (a.k.a. Baby TUZ)!

A few minutes old...

Baby Tuz, you're such a big boy now compared to a few weeks ago when you were still oh so tiny! Wow! 

One month old...

We survived one month of keeping you alive and healthy, just me and your Daddy Hanz plus a few days with your granny. Thank you, God! Please continue to give us good health and positive energy so we may go on raising our child according to your will. One month and 5 days down and hundreds more to go!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Baby Blues and Early Parenthood


OMG! 

I'm a MOM! 




Describing the 9-month journey of carrying our little angel inside of me as a one long roller coaster ride is definitely an understatement! Never in my wildest dreams did I really think I will become a mother and now that it's happening... that I am one, I can just say.. WOW! Thank you, God!  


Tama nga ang sabi nila --- ang pagiging ina ay masarap na mahirap! And at the end of the day, I know it's all worth it. 

I would love to share the journey with you as I resume blogging again but for now, I need to vent my current state first before I go insane...

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Global Intergold - How I Became a Millionaire


HOW  I FIRST GOT "SCAMMED" BY GLOBAL INTERGOLD

(SCAM here means S-ure C-ash A-ng M-atatanggap)


Wow! It was almost half a year ago when I last blogged about my life here. You probably know me to be a busy person, hence, the intermittent posts in the past, but this time around, it wasn't because of my travels and online work as a virtual assistant that 've been busy with. Truth is, I've been busy buying gold and making myself a millionaire in a period of almost 5 months! I'm just so fed up working 24 hours a day with no decent savings in the bank! I wanted a new life and I wanted major positive changes to start happening to me. This is why I've always loved reading self-help, happiness and money books since time immemorial and why I took up insurance studies back in September 2014 until I realized that it would take 3 years for me to even start earning P300K a month. Add to that the fact that I needed to be driving my own car to meet up with potential clients and of course as an introvert, the thought of facing clients puts a huge pressure on me. So after weeks of studies, I decided not to take the insurance exam and pursued other interests instead. 

Then a month after that, November 17, 2014 to be precise, a friend of mine from Qatar (Frank) introduced me to Global Intergold (it was still under a different name then). I ignored it at first. But he was persistent. I finally started taking notice and slowly devoted some of my time studying their rewards system. It was after 3 months of intermittent research and study about their rewards program that I finally got the will and courage to try it by joining a different team much closer to home. Someone I met who started buying gold in November (Glenn) already earned P540K and there I was still broke and struggling to make ends meet. I said to myself it was then or never. If he could do it (he was a call center agent in Makati who immediately quit his job when he got his first P180K payout), then so can I! I'm hardworking, resourceful, patient and as not-so-humble as it may sound, I know myself to be kind of a super woman. I love juggling many things all at the same time! I can work long hours if I have to. I've been doing it all my life anyway, I might as well start earning what I deserve! So if he could earn P540K in 3 months, then I will earn more than that half the time! I made that my challenge! 

So in spite of the fact that my family was against me doing it; despite the fact that bebeko Hanz at first told me it was a scam; despite the fact that I was half nervous putting in my last personal savings of P36,500 to my first solo account, I finally withdrew what's left of my money and prayed over it. Anyway, if I lose it, I'll just work some more online so I can recuperate what I lost. That was early February 2015. Then I found out that bebeko Hanz all of a sudden turned a new leaf and had himself registered for a solo account on Feb. 6. He said if it was a scam, then our P36,500 would be our tuition fee to that learning. So a week after he got registered,  I finally gave my precious P36,500 to the Paragold Team. After 4 eternal days of waiting, my account got activated. That was Feb. 15. Then on Feb. 18, my 37th birthday, the scam news on TV spread like wildfire. 


WHAT IS MY LIFE LIKE NOW? 

I'm now a millionaire

Monday, January 19, 2015

Taytay Falls in Majayjay, Laguna Adventure with Barefoot Travels


This blog post is the second of a four-part blog series detailing my experience with Barefoot Travels as I joined them in their Whitewater Rafting Adventure in Magdalena, Laguna. It was one amazing tour package inclusive of the following:

  1. Hike to Taytay Falls in Majayjay
  2. Magdalena Whitewater rafting
  3. Food trip and shoe shopping at Liliw
  4. Stopover at St. Magdalene Parish Church


To continue...

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Year, New Me! My Resolution for 2015 and Beyond!


Happy New Year, everyone! Even after the Three Kings and the celebration of the Black Nazarene have gone by, it still feels like the first day of the new year for me. Hehehe.

So, how did the first 12 days of the new year treat you so far? I hope this year of the sheep is turning out the way you wanted it to be, or if not, I hope you're all coping very well and getting yourself ready for all the blessings and challenges that lie ahead.

As for me, it really didn't happen the way I planned it to be. Well, come to think of it, my entire life, though a blessing with everything I have achieved and accomplished, didn't really happen as planned. But I won't bore you with all the details. (If you're an old reader / follower of mine, you'd know what I'm talking about). Let's just focus on the past two weeks. Teehee. ;)


Friday, October 24, 2014

Nuvali Night Sky Cinema: Fright Night

 
Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I love the vibe, the scary and gory costumes... the way it makes me feel like a child again! Like I said on one of my Facebook updates, Halloween makes me feel like it's Christmas and Summer all in one! (^_^) 
 
This year though, I thought I won't be celebrating. I'm usually home alone, busy with so many other important things and my close friends are now building their own families. For a short moment there, I felt so sad and lonely. Thank God Halloween just gives me the happies that despite my recent emotional debacle with someone I cared about, I was still able to turn my life around and still managed to feel excited about Halloween! 
 
So moving forward...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery with Barefoot Travels



This blog post is the first of a four-part blog series detailing my experience with Barefoot Travels as I joined them in their Whitewater Rafting Adventure in Magdalena, Laguna. It was one amazing tour package inclusive of the following:
  1. Hike to Taytay Falls in Majayjay
  2. Magdalena Whitewater rafting
  3. Food trip and shoe shopping at Liliw
  4. Stopover at St. Magdalene Parish Church
It was one heck of a jam-packed day trip and I super loved it! To know the itinerary and expenses for this trip, please check out: Barefoot Travels Magdalena Whitewater Rafting Adventure

But first things first... a little background:

Monday, October 06, 2014

Adventour Magazine Features Sexy Nomad

 

 
I was surprised to receive a copy of Adventour magazine last week! It was actually delivered to my home Wednesday evening just before I went out to do the groceries. I didn't have the time to read it though until Friday late afternoon and boy oh boy was I surprised to see myself featured on 7 full pages!!! I was so ecstatic!!!
 
 
 

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Barefoot Travels Magdalena Whitewater Rafting Adventure

 This white water rafting photo above was taken at Ayung River in Indonesia back in 2009.

Bebeko Hanz will be here soon and we're joining Barefoot Travels in their white water rafting adventure. Weee!!! This will be my third time to do such an adventurous thing. The first time I did whitewater rafting was back in 2006 in Padas River in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The second was in Ayung, River, Bali, Indonesia in 2009. 
Bebeko Hanz and I wanted to try this before in Cagayan de Oro when we visited my grandparents and at another time when we went to Dahilayan in Bukidnon but we always ran out of time. I guess now, the universe has conspired for us to get what we want because I was personally invited by Rons Nebre, the founder of Barefoot Travels and I'm going to bring my bebe with me. Yipeee!
This time, the whitewater rafting adventure is going to be in Magdalena, Laguna, Philippines. It's more fun in the Philippines!!! And it's definitely more fun with Barefoot Travels! I've been with them in Baler to surf and explore its beautiful nature spots including the amazing Mother Falls; then in Sagada where I got to explore huge caves and visited other amazing areas like the Hanging Coffins. I love going with them because they're such fun and amazing people! I also tend make some new friends every time I travel with them. I just love Barefoot!
Anyway, this whitewater rafting adventure will be on October, 11, 2014, Saturday. Standard package is P1,950 per person. If interested to join, you may contact Barefoot Travels at:
Twitter: @Travel_Barefoot
For further details and clarifications, feel free to email Barefoot Travels at barefoottravels@yahoo.com or contact us at+63923-5610062; +63917-3589716;
Payments can be deposited to BDO savings account number 6280151432 under Baby Roncel Nebre.



If you want to join us in this white water rafting adventure, please check out the details below:

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September Magic


Bebeko Hanz was here Sept. 1-9. We just spent time watching movies, doing walks, going to the parlor, and basically just spending time together as I have been getting very lonely here. Thanks mahal, for taking the time. :)

September is a magical month for me. For one, bebeko Hanz stayed with me for 9 days despite his very busy schedule in Cebu as the  owner and manager of Oslob New Village Lodge, a currently expanding mini resort in Southern Cebu where the teenaged whale sharks are located as well as other beautiful nature spots like Tumalog Falls, Sumilon Island, Cuartel Heritage Site, etc. If you'll be visiting this part of the Philippines, contact my bebe (http://www.facebook.com/Oslob.New.Village.Lodge)  he'd gladly accommodate you and tour you around the area for a very affordable price.

Anyway, I digress... as I was saying, September has been a non-stop magical series of moments for me where the universe just keeps on unfolding its many blessings and opportunities.

I remember one afternoon, my bebe and I went to Philam Life to pay for my life insurance (I'm on my 12th policy year now) and all of a sudden the girl over the counter interviewed me on the spot and asked me if I was interested to know about a business opportunity they're offering. It was just a few nights ago before that fateful day when I asked God to grant me an opportunity where I won't have to always stay inside the house (coz I do get lonely with no one to talk to day in and day out --- one of the things my bebe and I constantly fought about), an opportunity where I still own my time, where I will learn a lot, improve my skills and earn more money. I honestly didn't know what kinds of opportunity await me since I don't want to go back to the corporate world anymore and work for money. I want my money to work for me! I just didn't know how yet..

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Buri Resort and Spa - Answer to My Prayer

This was the exact room I was provided with during my stay!


God works in mysterious ways and he does answer our prayers whether we see it or not. In my case, with my work being home-based, and myself being home alone most of the time (if I'm not traveling), I do get lonely. Usually, this feeling of loneliness is manageable but there comes a time, like a few days after my bessy Hanz went back to Cebu and I was missing him a lot, that I felt really sad. The pain in my heart was so palpable like I couldn't breathe. So I talked to God and told him that I can't live like this... I don't want to be by myself all the time; I need some semblance of social life (love life if possible!). But most, if not all of my friends, are busy with kids, families and careers. And the current object of my affection is miles away. Then I remember what I learned from Rhonda Byrne's The Secret before, that I don't have to know nor see how my wishes will be granted, but that I should just believe that it will happen in God's own time. And true enough, the universe opened its doors the moment it saw that I was ready. 


Yup, I got to experience their world-class massage services too!


The answer came in the form of an invite to visit and stay at a resort in Puerto Galera for 3 days and 2 nights. Woot!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Taiwan Buddha Memorial Center and the 2012 International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch'an Day 3.

Hi guys! Si here's the continuation... Like I said in my previous post (Taiwan FGS Buddha Memorial Center Tour: A Prologue), so far, the third day of the youth camp has been the most fun of all. Aside from the usual protocol done during early morning meditation, breakfast and lunch, we did Sutra Calligraphy, listened to a talk about Life and Ch'an, witnessed Buddhist chanting, did a Dharma Hunt, watched a concert and ended the day with a Light Offering and Prayer Ceremony. So first things first...


Sutra Calligraphy


At 8am, all delegates gathered at the assembly hall. For the first time, we saw the hall filled with rows and rows of tables and chairs. We all went to our respective groups then took a seat. On our table were sheets of calligraphy and pens. At 8:00, one of the Venerable Masters explained to us what calligraphy is and what it entails to trace the different characters on the piece of parchment. It's not just about copying or tracing, but it's about meditating about the meaning of the characters as we trace them... it's about finding wisdom in the calligraphy... it's about ch'an or meditation. It's about freeing the mind from worries and other attachments and living at the moment.

Before we all started tracing the calligraphy, a little prayer ceremony was done where all delegates participated by praying through chanting. Then from 8:30 am - 9:00 am, we all traced the calligraphy.
 



My fingers actually got numb after some time that I had to pinch it a couple of times. But at the end of the 30-minute period, I was surprised at myself that not a lot of the other delegates were able to finish everything unlike me. Maybe it's because I just went with the flow of tracing the characters using my hand and the pen, resting my fingers for a few seconds every now and then, and just continuing with the act, appreciating the beauty of each character and when done tracing, just simply moving on the next. I guess I was able to empty my mind and free it from any kind of emotional attachment or worry and other unproductive thoughts which definitely helped me finish the entire calligraphy. I can only speak for myself though. I don’t know how the others did theirs and why they weren’t able to finish their calligraphy on time.

Those who weren't able to finish were asked to continue doing it during their free time. Then those who did finish were asked to submit their work including the pens.

From 9:20-9:40, everyone went for coffee break.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Taiwan FGS Buddha Memorial Center Tour: A Prologue

 
I've been doing a lot of meditation and contemplation as of late that it made me think back to my 2-week trip to Taiwan when I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the Philippine delegates to attend the International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch'an

 

Then I realized that I've been doing so much traveling (almost non-stop for several years now) that I've been seriously lagging behind my travelogues. But I am becoming a little more diligent in publishing my stories now. And so, even before more days pass without me posting anything here, at least let me give you a prologue to my next travel story --- Fo Guang Shan Temple (FGS) Buddha Memorial Center in Taiwan and the 2012 International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch'an Day 3.

 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Heading to Real, Quezon with Barefoot Travels... Who wants to join?

*Due to typhoon Glenda and Henry recently, this trip was re-scheduled to Aug. 2 and September 6.

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Just a quick post... I'll be going with Barefoot Travels this Saturday, July 19, 2014. There are still a few slots left. Who wants to join? Please read the details below:

Surf and Trek Adventure
Real, Quezon


Real is a small first class municipality in Quezon province, approximately 145 kilometers from Manila. Conveniently located only 2.5-3 hours away from the Metro passing by the picturesque Laguna Lake and the scenic Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges, this town is slowly becoming a beach destination for quick and easy weekend getaways. With its coastline facing the Pacific Ocean, this has also become a surfers’ haven due to its great waves and much less crowded surf spots.

Get stoked with Barefoot Travels in this one-day adventure at Real, Quezon!

STANDARD PACKAGE: Php1,499/pax
ADD ONS:
  • Php200/hour board rental
  • Php400/half day board rental
  • Php800/whole day board rental
  • Php500/hour surf lessons
PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:
  •  Round trip van transfers from Manila-Quezon-Manila
  •  Picnic lunch (fresh catch of the day)
  •  ID/bag tag
  •  Travel insurance
  •  Side trip to Balagbag Falls
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