Friday, July 08, 2016

Of Foreclosed Properties and #Dream2026: Week 5 of 522

So.

2 things:
  1. Friend A pointed out that I should try living in a beachfront house for a month and test if I really, REALLY, like the beach or just the novelty it brings during vacations. 
  2. Friend B pointed out that I should buy the property now through the bank because the price is lower now (under the assumption that land typically appreciates over the years) than it will be in 10 years. And I am setting aside monies now to buy it so might as well drop it directly on the property. 
Crystallizing moment. Buy the property now to address both points.

I am now in the PS Bank website looking at foreclosed properties.

Why not, choc nut?
And then there's also this by Pag-ibig.

It's a sign.

Sometimes, I am too action oriented for my own good.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Taking the Plunge for #Dream2026: Week 4 of 522

My husband and I will kill each other.

That was my biggest fear when we first started talking about starting our own business as an additional income stream to help us hit our #Dream2026 goal (if you don't know what that is, see here).

Imaginary third party reader asks: But why? You seem like the couple who agrees about everything and have a relatively steady, drama-free relationship.

First of all, couples who agree about everything do not exist or are reanimated meat-suits in a crazy episode of Supernatural. Second of all, we have drama. Not earth shattering, MMK-worthy drama but it's there at healthy increments.

The reason why I feared a Game of Thrones-esque scenario is because DTM and I are opposites in so many levels, we can rival Dharma and Greg.

Lady Lyanna Mormont. Random photo with no bearing to my story, just wanted to add her here because #feels and also see that dude on the right looking downright scared of her. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Search for Additional Income Streams #Dream2026: Week 3 of 522

Man the internet place can be confusing.

Type in "additional income streams" in Google and you will get more than 3 million results! And for a person who is so risk-averse that gambling causes physical pain, I need to find a better way of filtering information.

So I did what any lazy person (the type whose as$h0le friends would say to her to Google things up) would do -- I asked a couple of friends who I know have sources of income other than their day job and what their advise is for someone who wants to start.

They all said 3 things in common.

WARNING: I am by no means endorsing what they said I should do from a financial POV nor am I qualified to do so. I am merely sharing because daswhattahdo.

If only wedding coins have real value.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Fans, Naysayers, and Deadlines for #Dream2026: Week 2 of 522

To everyone who showed support to #Dream2026, you just earned additional 5 social life points.

Do the points have real world value? No, but if you need a friend to "heart" your Instagram photo or immediately report if you are tagged in a very unflattering candid shot in FB, just say the word and I can make it happen. 

Don't know what #Dream2026 is? Catch up by clicking on this link. No shame in being a late adapter. You are just fashionably late. My husband has also made me perpetually late so, again, no shame.

Trying to wake these two up always get responded with "Five more minutes" that turn to an hour.
But of course I had a few folks who were not a fan of it, saying that I will lose sight of this "dream" (yes, they used air bunnies, as if my 10-year goal was so unfathomable that it was not a valid dream) after 6 months, some tried to put me to my place saying I should be preparing for a family, while a bully of a friend pointed out that the average life expectancy of dogs makes my sweeping declaration of Aika being with me in 10 years is deeply unrealistic.

I will outlive you, non-believer!

Monday, June 06, 2016

The Birth of #Dream2026: Week 1 of 522

Shameless sweeping declaration.

10 years from now I will be lounging on the beach with a mai-tai on one hand and stroking Aika with the other, feeling happy, full of love in my heart, and free, while waiting for the husband as he finishes a leisure dive with a group of tourists.

DTM boy ready to blub-blub.

Was that too long of a run-on sentence that I confused and overwhelmed you? Longhairdontcare, I am feeling that passionate and uninhibited with what I want the universe to know.

Oh. And did I mention that I own and operate this beach front property as a self-sustainable B&B, that will provide good jobs for the locals and a relaxing Instagram-worthy getaway for the visitors? With our parents enjoying their retirement growing plants native to the area, still pressuring us to spawn offsprings, and our siblings staying with us as much as their own lives will allow.

This crazy bunch will be there.

Let me address a few points before I end this post.

  • No, I can't afford this dream. Yet. 
  • Yes, it is a dream that I will make into a reality in 10 years.
  • No, I have not lost my marbles and this is not powered by a late night moscato.
  • Yes, I am insanely scared especially now that I've made this commitment terribly real by publishing a blog post about it. But my objective in making this public knowledge is to (1) force my lazy as$ to do something about it and (2) light a fire in the same bottom so I will not bring shame in both House Ramos and House Casiño.
  • No, I will not fail.
  • Yes, I still have no frickin' idea how I will make this happen.
Immediate next steps? Complete weekly blog updates and create milestones for the next post.

Let me end the birth of my 10-year plan with Shia LaBeouf because I've used this gif both to get me through work on particularly busy days and also when I need an extra cheer to poo:
Thank you Giphy.com

Friday, July 03, 2015

7 Ways To Enjoy Your Prenup (a.k.a How Not To Get All Cranky-Pants During Your Prenup)

I do not have an artistic side. When the wedding coordinator asked me what I wanted for our prenup all I said was I wanted it to be simple-- maybe we'll both wear white shirts and comfy jeans and just pelt each other with holi powder for color.

Yes, that was me trying to be creative.

It was actually DTM who had the idea to make it a surfing prenup vid. We both like to surf and it'll give us an excuse to head out to Baler for another weekend. Sounds like a plan right?

Most of the photo creds go to Bryan Laurente.

And boy was it a huge plan. I was NOT prepared with all the buying of stuff (because why else would I buy a wide-brimmed straw hat), the planning of story boards, the borrowing of odds and ends, and the requirement of having to know your best side to shoot (I don't have one, at best I had a tolerable side) that came along with planning a prenup. If it sounds like a lot of work, it's because it does involve a huge deal of man hours.

Interestingly though, we enjoyed this 2-day fanfare. Yes we had to do it for 2 days because Baler was so goshdarn far. Here's how.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

7 Things I Learned Watching UFC Manila

When UFC Asia announced the UFC Manila fight last March (Or Feb -- I am sure someone will correct me here), I broke my no-new-expenses-rule and purchased 2 tickets for DTM and moi.

No, I did not but VIP tickets. As mothers usually say, "Hindi ako tumatae ng pera." ("I don't poop money.")
Sure, the tickets were a splurge, sure it would've been better for me to put that money into the #CasiñoPartyOf2 nuptials... but the heart wants, what the heart wants.

While I overall enjoyed the event itself, here are 7 things I learned from watching UFC Manila.

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