Five Great Storage Places In Your Home That You Never Thought Of

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If you are like most people, you have too much stuff in your house. However, a lot of people don’t have much room in their houses, and they don’t know what to do or where to turn. While true, you must think a little more deeply when you want to store your items. With that being said, here are four great storage places in your home you never thought of.

Five Great Storage Places In Your Home That You Never Thought Of

Kitchen
Think about it, when you look in your kitchen, you probably see a lot of extra room for things. Yes, not only will you have plenty of space, but you can probably add more shelves in your kitchen. Since most people don’t fill all their cupboards, this is an easy and cost-effective way to save some space in your house. To get started, you should move all your items to one area of your kitchen. Then, you can, with ease, clean the rest of it out and enjoy plenty of cupboard space. This is a great solution if you don’t need a ton of space, and it’s an even better solution if you want to save money.

Garage
Without a doubt, if you have a garage, you have a place to store your items. But, you have to be careful since a lot of people love to put their bikes, cars and car accessories in the garage, you may not have a lot of free room. To get started, you should get rid of any junk you don’t need, and you should quickly come up with a solution. If you are wise, you will look at shelving units to place on the sides of your garage walls. If this does not do the trick, you may want to do more, and you should consider renting a long term storage unit to keep your unused things. Remember, without enough room in your garage, you may want to think about offsite storage, which is a cheap and easy solution.

The Bathroom
Think about this, a bathroom is usually bigger than most people need, and you can usually fit a lot of stuff in here. For this reason, if you are wise, you will consider extra storage solutions in your bathroom. To get started, you should measure your walls, and you can see if you can fit a good-sized shelve or two on them. If possible, you can really put a lot of stuff in your bathroom, and you won’t have to look for other solutions, but a bathroom is not always big enough for most people.

Under your bed
Now, if you think of an area in your house where you have a lot of free room, you can probably think of your bed. Yes, a lot of people have huge beds, and they have nothing under them. This is a pity, and it is a waste of space. However, with some plastic bins, you can easily store excess items such as clothing. Other times, if you want, you can store decorations you only use once or twice a year. Either way, this is a great solution if you don’t want to trek up to your attic all the time when you want to grab a sweater or other item that you don’t use every day. If you want a more permanent setup, you can easily have someone build you storage that goes under your bed. Either way, this is the perfect setup if you don’t want to put your stuff in a faraway place.

If you own a home and have too much stuff, you need to think of wise solutions. Yes, if you just throw stuff in the closet, you are going to have a hard time organizing your items and keeping things under control. But, with these simple and easy solutions, you can clean out your house, and you won’t have to spend much time or money doing so.

Cebu Blogging Community: At Home Ka Dito!

It feels good to be connected with people whom you can relate to.

When I arrived here in Cebu, I knew that at some point I’d go blogging again. There’s just so many things to blog about this beautiful place. I stopped for a year or two, posting only something personal every 3 or 4 months because I had nothing to blog about. I just kept a few of my domains and ditched the rest because they were no longer earning and maintaining them was suicide on my end. Each renewal costs around $14, and renewing something that no longer gives you money is suicide.

Then I came across Cebu Blogging Community.

They welcomed old, season, and new bloggers with open arms <3 I attended a few blogging events here in Cebu even before I met the entire team, then finally on March 7, 2015, the entire community had an ULTIMATE MEETUP in Diamond Suites Cebu.

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The Bloggers

getting to know you…getting to know all about you…

getting to like you, hoping that you’d like me…

9 hours of laughter and serious stuff brought us closer together. I appreciate the effort of the community administrators, Sir Ruben, Mary, Chanel and Gay for coming up with the idea of bringing the bloggers together.

The Place

Diamond Suites Cebu was generous enough to accommodate and feed us. The hotel is very much accessible from Ayala Center, making one’s stay a stress-free one. I have never heard of them until the event (blame it to my being new to Cebu) but I realized later on, as they were touring us that the 3-star hotel is very underrated.

Location: Perfect. A few STEPS away from Ayala Center
Rooms: They were huge and reasonably priced
Food: Superb
Customer Service: They were so accommodating even to non-blogger guests from the other hall

Diamond Suites Cebu

Diamond Suites Cebu Pool

 

All Diamond Suites Cebu photos were taken from their website.

Good food, great music and happy people = one awesome experience at Diamond Suites Cebu!

The Sponsors

PIA Cebu
Cebu Team Building
Cebu Domain
Flawless
Diamond Suites and Residences Cebu

I went home late but slept with a happy smile on my face because I knew that I now belong to a good community of bloggers. I just hope that the members can keep it this way. Personally, I believe that a community only need a few honest members to thrive in their endeavors. I have high hopes for Cebu Blogging Community and with the love the admins and members are pouring to this group, WE WILL MAKE IT.

Kudos to Sir Ruben, Mary, Chanel and Gay and the entire Cebu Blogging Community.

Celebrated our 15th in a Meaningful Way

Relationships last long not because they’re destined to last, but because two brave people made a choice: to keep it, fight for it and work for it.

To Dada:

I still can’t believe that we’re on our 15th year already. Our relationship has been so easy, though it’s not always rainbows and sunshine. For this, I am already very thankful. We seldom fight and if we do, it’s always nothing personal — alam mo yan, hahaha!

 

Much as we want to celebrate it in a grand way, we opted to spend the day with our kids since we are still away from our respective families.

March 8, 2015, we rented a cottage in Blue Reef Cottages in Marigondon, Cebu. It was a not so pleasant experience because there were a LOT of people — it was a Sunday, what was I thinking? Good thing we arrived earlier than most customers so we still had the luxury of taking photos while the beach was still clear.

I wish us nothing but more blissful years together — you know, me riding in a luxurious car with you, me not thinking about the bills and loans, you dating me in a fancy restaurant just because. WAHAHAHA!!! Seriously, thank you for being such a great dad to our kids and thank you for being a wonderful husband to me. That’s more than enough.

So if other newly married couples ask us, how did you two do it? How did you blissfully live with each other when you almost have nothing? Believe me, when bills and payables pile up, it ruins even the most loving relationships. We go through that, A LOT, but we never take that personally. Our financial issues is more like ‘WORK’ for us. It’s there but one has to leave or forget it once we hit the bed. It’s a challenge and we are still a work in progress. This is something that I want to master, but Marcelle has already mastered it LOL

RULES FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE

5 STEPS to a SUNBURN-FREE and FLAWLESS SUMMER GETAWAY

March 4, 2015, I got invited to by two gorgeous Philippine National Rugby Team members, Harry Morris and Andrew Wolfe to attend the launch of Flawless’ latest offering, the Flawless Skin Protect Mist with SPF70.

Me? Got invited by celebrities? I must be kidding you! Yes *sheepish grin* I am only kidding. Thank you for the invite, Cebu Blogging Community! After years of not being in the events limelight, here I am again, doing events in Cebu. Reasons will be posted in another post.

“Don’t forget to wear something White Chic for the party.” Wow. No white anything and definitely I am no ‘chic’ looking. Hello old age. But even so, I obliged to go because one, the excitement to meet Cebu-based bloggers was eating me alive, and two, I was itching to go out. I MUST ATTEND THIS EVENT. I ended up wearing my fave G2000 sheer white polo and black walking shorts. So not chic, but at least I was wearing white!

Flawless Skin Protect Mist with SPF70

I look…one of the boys, hahaha!

The event was held in the posh place La Maison Rose French Restaurant. So posh that I felt under dressed.

La Maison Rose French Restaurant Cebu

La Maison Rose French Restaurant Cebu

La Maison Rose French Restaurant Cebu

La Maison Rose French Restaurant Cebu

These hot babes are all ready to hit the beach! After all, summer is just around the corner! Are you ready for your best summer getaway ever? Just imagine family reunions, barkada road trips, by-the-shore activities, fiestas to some Pinoys and even summer swimming classes. Sounds so much fun, right? But to make it stress-free we all need to follow some steps, steps that I personally prepared, dugo at pawis men. I learned so much from our previous travels, kaya para walang bulagaan, follow these:

5 STEPS to a SUNBURN-FREE and FLAWLESS SUMMER GETAWAY

Step 1. Book your tickets ahead

No brainer. We all need to book our tickets ahead to save on tickets. The earlier you buy, the bigger discount you get on your tickets! Follow the official fan pages of local and foreign airlines to get the best deals. They would often post their deals either in Facebook or Twitter. Plan ahead, yes like 6 months or 1 year before.

Tip: Good deals are posted during holidays or important dates like June 12, May 1, etc. Book when the clock strikes midnight and be VERY patient. Di lang ikaw ang gustong bumili ng tickets.

Plan ahead.

Step 2. Decide where to stay

Hotels? Inns? Private rest houses of rich friends? (you are one lucky pal!) Wherever. Ensure that you have booked the place and have paid the required amount of deposit EARLY on, to avoid any cancellations. And for your sanity, choose the inns that require security deposit or you’ll end up palaboy like us in one foreign land, with unfamiliar people.

A week or a few days before your vacation, call them once again to confirm your arrival. DO NOT FORGET TO CALL.

Again, plan ahead. I couldn’t stress this enough.

Step 3. Prepare Your Things

Pack and travel light so you have enough space for the pasalubongs BUT never forget summer necessities! This low maintenance mama only needs the following:

  • A few tops and shorts
  • long and light dress
  • fit flops
  • undies!
  • waterproof bags or Ziploc bags
  • Sunscreen

Step 4. Choose the best sunscreen

Sunscreen plays a very important role in our everyday life. #dikoalamyundati We are exposed to ultraviolet rays even if we stay indoors. Yes, that’s how exposed we are. Now which sunscreen, you might ask. There are just so many in the market and I have tried SO many of them. Only few passed our standards. Because either they’re VERY expensive or they’re just too hard to deal with: sticky and stingy!

Gone are the days when we didn’t have a choice but deal with sticky globs of sunscreens to protect our skin. Skin Professionals of Flawless Skin Care Clinic came up with a sunscreen with SPF70 in liquid mist form. No more white patches in the skin!

Flawless Skin Protect Mist

The Flawless Skin Protect Mist is formulated with a high SPF70, determined through an international In Vitro Evaluation which effectively shiels the skin from UVA and UVB rays. Its canister comes with a 360-degree spray system that allows continuous delivery of skin protection and can be applied in any direction.

The Flawless Skin Protect Mist is perfect for people on the go, it’s fuss-free, effective and water-resistant.  Plus, it’s safe for children, pregnant women and cancer patients.

The best part? The Flawless Skin Protect Mist with SPF70 is only Php450 and is now available in all Flawless Skin Care clinics nationwide.

I remember one time, I dived and swam the whole day without any skin protection, I ended up peeling like lechon 2 days later. It was so damn painful!

Step 5. Enjoy

Now that you have your airline tickets, booked a place, packed your things and have chosen the best sunscreen for your skin,  it’s time to enjoy summer!

Beach

always remember:

What happens at the beach, stays at the beach.

Follow Flawless Skin Care Clinic on: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Entrepremom Flies to Clark to Taste BURP! Real Aussie Beef Burgers

When destiny forgets to tie some people in blood relations, it corrects its mistake by making them TRUE FRIENDS.

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Dawn of February 27, 2015, this momma flew all the way from Cebu to Clark to taste Angeles City’s newest burger joint, BURP!

You might think I’m crazy but really, one will move mountains if it involved family and friends. The whole trip was planned by Iris Camille AKA PinayAds. The purpose of the trip was to surprise Mauie of The 24 Hour Mommy and Jen of Marriage and Beyond. Their reactions? EPIC!

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Of course, being Pinoys, REUNIONS = FOOD and the best set of people (like us..ehem) deserves GOOD FOOD! We decided to drop by BURP! to taste the REAL AUSSIE BEEF BURGER netizens have been raving about on Instagram and Facebook.

What is the buzz all about? REAL BURGERS men, REAL BURGERS!

From someone who’s already sick of burgers with nothing but extenders, BURP! burgers are heaven sent!

They’re BIG, JUICY and TASTY!

craving now? isa-isahin natin…

The Burp Burger P120


The Burp Cheese Burger P140


Ang pinag-uusapang BURP BBC! P150
It has BBQ, Bacon and Cheese <3


The BURP Monster P160


My personal favorite BURP! Mushroom Cheeseburger P120 — I am so partial with anything  related to mushrooms, kaya ganun :D Simple yet so sinful!

See how thick the patty is? Mapapa oooh ka on each bite!


BURP Fries P70


BURP Amazing Nachos P205


Burp Signature Wings P205

We were dying to try their Half-pound Burp Buddy (P240) and The Big Show (1-pound beef goodness!!!) (P325) but we were already in food coma! deads sa kabusugan! Maybe next time, girls?

BUrp Clark Angeles | Burger Clark Angeles

Nothing but good (and yummy!) words for BURP! If you’re really looking for the real deal, then BURP! is the perfect place for you.

BURP! is a quaint burger joint situated in 154 Stall D, Narciso St. Malabanias, Angeles, Pampanga. It’s very near Prime Asia Hotel.

Taralets!

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Facebook: BURP
Instagram: @burp_ph
Address: 154 Stall D, Narciso St. Malabanias, Angeles, Pampanga

Living an Extraordinary Life, Surrender

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Halfway into this life, I still believe in this. Oftentimes, I find myself wondering if God really loves me because if He does, He wouldn’t want me to suffer and just give me a good life in a silver platter, right?

Wrong.

Given that I have worked so hard every moment of every day, I never really placed God anywhere in that journey. I never gave Him the chance to lift me so I ended up worrying too much about everything. I seek for Him when I was already in trouble but often forget to thank Him when I am okay.

Hardwork in the Lord

 

Despite everything that I do for a living, I was still struggling emotionally and financially.

What was lacking? It was the acceptance that God is there, ready to lift every ounce of burden in my heart and mind…that all I needed was to ask for His help.

The Bible promises so much about better lives for all of us, all we need to do is seek, ask, and it will be given to us, BUT, we should work for His glory, always.

God has shown His immense love for me through my family and friends. I am so overwhelmed with their love, patience, understanding and support. Financially we are still struggling but He has given me a vision that everything will be well for our business in His time. These challenges have made me appreciate little blessings and deeds that I tend to ignore everyday, I am beyond thankful for this.

Challenges make us human and as humans, we are worthy for God’s love.

Surrender it all to Him.

Living an Extraordinary Life, On Not Giving Up

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Time check, 3:28AM.

I’ve been awake for about an hour or so when I realized that I needed something to eat. I’d normally drink coffee in times like this but I found nothing but Twinings Earl Grey tea on the cupboard. Shoot. After about a minute or two of contemplating whether I’d suck it up and go back to bed hungry or do something else, I found a carton of ready to cook champorado mix peeking from our heap of biscuits, cereals, cookies and stuff: heaven sent!

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You see, life is oftentimes like that. We seek or aim for things and get disappointed if we couldn’t find or get what we really wanted without realizing that God, the Being up there, has a greater purpose.

I came across the story of Mr. Gerald Raymundo, a guy who got into a freak accident while playing golf – an unfortunate event that turned his life upside down and inside out: he lost his job, his money, his ability to walk and eventually his wife and kids. Despite it all, he remained hopeful that everything will turn out right. And indeed, it did. In the midst of his trials, he put up a company and earned more than enough to support himself.

He inspired me so much to dream, hope, and make use of the talents God has given me. He made me realize how blessed I truly am. I have the ability to walk, my husband and kids are with me, we do have a profitable business (which, by the way, is barely new in Cebu but already gaining a steady flow of clients) and I have all the means to look for the money that I seldom have. If I really want it, I have what it takes to make it big, all I need is a little push and tons of faith in His plans.

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So why should I give up? What right do I have to give up? NONE.

What I need to learn now is the ability to FULLY trust Him for His awesome plans and  thank Him in advance.

Lord, give me the inner strength to persevere,
to hold on, to never let go!
Give me the courage to always love no matter what happens,
In Jesus’ name, Amen!

 

Living an Extraordinarily Beautiful Life, the start of a journey

Today marks the end of the Sinulog festivities and the Papal visit, but today, I stayed home with the kids to witness both events on the television and live stream simultaneously. How pathetic, you might think. Both are meaningful to me yet I chose to stay home and be with the kids. God will bless me more if we stay home and feel the true meaning of the festivities online and on national TV rather than bring them there and I worry too much.

Pope Francis’ Encounter with Youth hit me to the core.

I cried bucket of tears just by listening intently to the messages of the youth and the Pope’s response to their questions. Do I sound funny? Can you feel hypocrisy here? hehe but no, I am serious and boy, that little time I spent in front of the television has somehow restored my faith in the Catholic community. Yes, I have problems with the community itself, not in my Catholic faith. Not that I have personal issues with any member but in the community as a whole. I have lost compassion and faith in my church. Priests marrying here and there, money issues, the gossip within the community…it was draining whatever faith I have for my Catholic brothers and sisters. Just when I was about to give up, His Holiness Pope Francis arrived and turned my world upside down. I couldn’t explain how I felt earlier, it was like the feeling of freedom after a confession, magnified 10 times. Yes, that intense. I was crying the whole time and realized how selfish I am to feel pain when there are so many people around me who are in much harder situation.

His talk also encouraged me to continue loving and believing in Him despite life’s shortcomings because His plans are always greater than our plans, that I can still worship Him even if I do not go to church often. This is a huge change on me and I feel the need to document this journey, so…

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I want you guys to join me in this very personal journey, a journey I call 40 Days of Living an Extraordinarily Beautiful Life

A good friend of mine, Mauie of The 24 Hour Mommy gave me a copy of this special book:

40stories_1stChapter_Page_01The author, the preacher in blue jeans, Bro. Bo Sanchez, asks his reader to read one story a day and expect the reader’s life to change in 40 days. But God has given me a very low EQ so I finished the whole book in 2 days, haha!

In the coming days, this trying hard to be good momma will read (once again!) a story a day and post the answers to Bro. Bo’s questions on a post. It will not be daily (for sure, given my oh-so-crazy schedule!) but I will finish the 40 stories, that’s a promise.

 

Kublai Khan Opens 4th Branch in Robinson’s Cybergate Cebu

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On January 16, 2015, Kublai Khan opened its doors to food loving Cebuanos in Robinson’s Cybergate Cebu. Cebuanos are known for their love for food and the people behind this branch has invested on this. Usually, there are three things that people look for in a restaurant:

  1. The value for money experience
  2. Quality food
  3. Great Service

According to Ms. Dolores David Buenaventura of La Susana Foods, one of the owners of Kublai Khan Robinson’s Cybergate Cebu, they will ensure that Kublai Khan Robinsons Cybergate will meet all three.

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Kublai Khan is an Eat-All-You-Can Mongolian restaurant serving the Cebuanos since 1999. The first Kublai Khan opened in Country Mall on March 3, 1999, a few months later, Kublai Khan Ayala opened in September. Around October 2014, Parkmall opened its doors and the 4th one is the one in Robinson’s Cybergate Cebu.

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Kublai Khan’s meals are very flexible and affordable. Vegetarians and non-vegetarians like me will find the perfect meal for them in Kublai Khan. One can choose from a wide array of meats and vegetables.

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Cebu Bloggers with the owners of La Susana Foods, Susana Cabrera David (in gray) and Dolores David Buenaventura (in pink). Not in the photo is the store’s other owner, David C. David.

Kublai Khan branches:

  1.  Kublai Khan (Country Mall)
  2. Kublai Khan (Ayala)
  3. Kublai Khan (Parkmall)
  4. Kublai Khan (Cybergate)

Soon to open this month:
Kublai Khan Ayala Food Court
Kublai Khan SM Bacolod

Visit their Facebook page for more updates: Kublai Khan Facebook

Our Journey to Frugality: How it Started

I used to call myself a shoppingera, because really, I shop a lot before. But no, I am not a fan of signature clothing or high-end gadgets, di ko kaya yun, but I easily get pleased with little things like spray colognes, branded kids clothes, ball pens, notepads, washi tapes, etc. then the sad reality hit me: I was spending money on stuff that I do not need! It’s time to change my bad spending habits!

The realization didn’t happen overnight of course. It took me a long time to get over it.

Who doesn’t love shopping?!?

But it wasn’t the worst, the hardest part was the shopping withdrawal stage. HARD in all its possible meaning! It took me a loooong time to actually convince myself that I don’t need those things, that my kids are okay with Unbranded clothes, that we can actually live without eating out every day, and that it’s okay to wait for a certain movie to be available online.

So what made me change my ways? Lack of funds. There’s no point in denying that we hit rock bottom because I was already a WAHM yet still shopping like I was earning 100 grand a month!

Did I change right away, no? Of course not.

So, what were my steps in achieving a total frugal lifestyle without making myself a tightwad?

  • Ditch ENVY. Keeping up with the Joneses was one of the culprits of my addiction and by stopping that, I realized that a simpler life is achievable if I stop looking at the other side of the fence.
  • I stopped the bad habit called window shopping and only go to the mall if I really needed something. No, I didn’t save anything from not going to the malls because each penny I saved went directly to many more important matters like bills and grocery products. What is it with malls that one gets hungry every time he or she goes there? Are they putting something on their air conditioners to lure us to eat?
  • We cook our own food. Quick cook and restaurant food are both expensive. Enough said. But hey, we indulge once in a while, nothing wrong with that. It keeps me sane.
  • We don’t buy toys. Seriously. Perhaps I am just privileged to belong to a family with members who doesn’t get tired of buying toys for my kids. I buy them toys — toys from McDonalds ;) Are my kids deprived? No. They will ONLY feel that way IF we encourage comparison between what their friends have and what they have at the moment. Don’t compare, make them learn to appreciate their toys, make them toys, etc. The list is endless. The trick is to not let them feel that they lack something.
  • Buy second hand. This is something that I am good at. Why buy brand new if you can buy it used?
  • We decided to homeschool. It is not actually cheaper, but you are sure that every penny spent benefiting your children.
    Hey, being frugal isn’t bad unless you become a tightwad. Get it for free if it’s really free but learn to respect entrepreneurs, by paying for their goods, if they’re not. Haggling to get it at a very low price or for free is a no-no. That’s disrespect.

Mayaman ka na ba sa kakatipid mo? Wala ka na bang utang?

No and no. I still have tons of loans to pay and I am far from being rich. So why am I still doing this?

Because like homeschooling, it’s the lifestyle that I have decided to embrace. It is what’s best for my family at the moment and we are okay with it.

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