It’s holiday season again. I bet most of you have received your 13th month pay or Christmas bonus already. By this time you’re probably decided on what to do with it. But if you still don’t have any decisions yet, visit “How to Spend Your 13th Month Pay Wisely” to know how to spend your Christmas bonus in a practical manner.
Since Christmas season is the season of sharing and not to mention spending, one of your agendas probably is to visit the mall or Christmas bazaars or “tiangge” to buy gifts for your families, friends or “inaanaks” and even gifts for yourself. Aside from thinking of your Christmas list or shopping list and how to maximize your bonus, it’s also important that you think of your personal safety while shopping.
As of today, many of you had already received your 13th month pay or commonly known as Christmas bonus. What have you done with it so far? If it’s still untouched, what are your plans with your 13th month pay then?
With Christmas bazaars and mall sales all around, it’s really tempting to just spend, spend and spend. Besides, 13th month pay is considered as a bonus income that’s why everybody would understand if you’re going to splurge it on the things that you want.
But before having a shopping spree, consider these few tips on how to spend your 13th month pay wisely.
But before having a shopping spree, consider these few tips on how to spend your 13th month pay wisely.
1. Debt Payment – consider a portion of your 13th month pay as a payment to your debts. While it is advisable to pay for your debts as soon as you can, I don’t really advise putting all your 13th month pay to debt payment. Have something left for you to enjoy. Be realistic. I know you’ll somehow feel depressed if you can’t buy even a single gift for yourself this Christmas.
Being debt free or having a few debts is like a breath of fresh air. You’ll have less worries and a relax Christmas season when you know that your debts are cleared.
2. Emergency Fund – aside from payment of debts, consider a portion of your 13th month pay as a start in building your emergency fund. During Christmas season, gathering happens almost every week like group date with your pals, family reunions and pot luck parties. What if something bad happens to you like you got sick after partying all night long, do you have extra cash for the hospital bills?
To avoid the worries, consider this as a good time to start building your emergency funds.
3. Share Your Blessings – Christmas season is the season of sharing. Aside from giving gifts to your families, friends and “inaanaks”, why not also donate a portion of your 13th month pay to charity. Share something to your favorite charitable institution or to the victims of typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan). A small portion of your 13th month pay is a huge help to the victims.
4. Invest – with as low as PHP 10, 000, you can start investing to your chosen unit investment trust fund which is available on different banks here in the Philippines. But if you’re not into this kind of investing strategy, consider having a home business. If you’re into baking, bake some cookies or cupcakes and sell it to your friends. If you’re into crafting, make some personalized accessories like bracelets and necklace and sell it. I’m sure many of the people around are looking for a gift alternative this Christmas. So consider this time as the start of your own business.
So before spending your 13th month pay (that is if you still have it), decide on the better things that you can do with it. Don’t let your 13th month pay disappear in just a blink of an eye as if nothing happens. Make every peso count. Consider what was written on top.
Now if you got anything on your mind that you want to share, please leave a comment. We’re excited to read it.
Photo Credit: News Updates
Photo Credit: News Updates
The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your house. It is the one room that most guests will end up visiting at some point and, as a result, you need it to look impressive. Redesigning your bathroom can seem like a daunting task, but by following these simple tips, your new bathroom will look amazing:
1) Choose the right fixtures
Incorrect fixtures can ruin your finished bathroom. Choosing the right ones can give your bathroom extra character. Things such as light fittings, taps and heated rails might seem trivial, but getting them wrong could ruin your bathroom!
2) Try your bath before you buy it
Above all, your bathroom has to be functional. Make sure to test your bath out before you buy it. There is nothing worse than purchasing and fitting a bath then realizing it isn’t suitable. Make sure it’s the right size for your needs, and that it’ll actually fit in the space required!
3) Make sure your flooring is up to task
Your bathroom will be one of the most used rooms in your house. As a result, the floor will be subject to all sorts of abuse. From water to heat and humidity, your bathroom floor has to be able to handle it all. Laminated flooring or tiles will stand up to most daily stresses. Carpets are definitely to be avoided!
4) Incorporate a mirror
This will create a functional focal point in your bathroom. Choose a stylish mirror which fits your decor. This will be one of the first things that people will see when they enter your bathroom, so make sure it’s a good one! Not only that, but a mirror will help to make your bathroom appear larger if it’s actually quite small.
5) Utilize space to its full potential
Following on from the above point; most bathrooms are not that large by any means. This means it is important to use the space you have efficiently. Bespoke storage units are a great way to get the perfect fit for your room. If you do not have a budget for bespoke, then there are plenty of other great options available. Look out for stackable storage units and storage bags which will hang from the back of your door.
6) Enclose your shower correctly
Leaks and spillages can wreak havoc in your bathroom. Make sure your bath and shower unit is fully enclosed to keep these down to a minimum. Should your shower not be up to standard and ends up leaking, you could have to pay a small fortune to get everything fixed.
7) Combine elements to save space
If you are short on space then opt for a shower/bath combination unit. It will often look better when the design is finished as it will not look cramped together.
8) Make sure the room is properly lit
Bad lighting can ruin your bathroom. Install adequate artificial lighting for night time, but be sure to allow as much natural light in as possible during the day. With this in mind, be such to get the right blinds and curtains to ensure you can let light in, but that no one can see into your bathroom from the outside!
9) Buy a quality toilet
Toilets are often referred to as ‘the throne’ for a reason. It is worth paying a little extra for a toilet you will be comfortable using. You’ll also need to look out for one that will suit your bathroom’s style.
10) Don’t be afraid to be extravagant
Your bathroom should be a room you are comfortable using on a daily basis. Don’t be afraid to go a little overboard to get the bathroom you’ve always wanted. There are various luxury options available, from his and hers sinks to built-in speakers. You are only limited by your imagination, so don’t be afraid to go wild!
Do you have any other tips to add to this list? If so, leave us a comment and let us know.
About the Author
This list was compiled by Mark Enright, a writer for Victoria Plumb, the bathroom specialists and suppliers of high quality bathroom fittings.
Image courtesy of shutterstock.
If you find yourself so exhausted your eyelids feel like lead - but you can’t sleep, plagued with anxiety and a victim of constant headaches, then you’ve entered into the major stress zone. Every single thing you do has become too hard, tiring and daily tasks have been dumped into the “too hard basket”.
So what do you do? Your mind is already spinning faster than a whirlpool and you know you need to relax your mind and body soon before you do any more damage. Whilst not all stress is bad, 75% of the general population experiences stress every fortnight, with half of these people suffering moderate to high levels. So take a deep breath, and check out these tips to help you de-stress.
Have you ever thought that oven toaster can also be use for baking cakes, cupcakes, muffins, breads, and cookies?
I’m using Asahi oven toaster. It was a gift during our wedding way back in 2010. The oven toaster that we have only has a mechanical timer. It also has an automatic thermostat but the temperature limit is not revealed. It has no temperature setting which you’ll typically find in an electric oven.
Before, you and I probably share the same thought regarding oven toaster – it’s just made for toasting bread. Previously, our oven toaster was only used once in a while when we wanted to eat toasted bread with sugar and butter.
After a few months of toasting breads for snack, we experimented on this oven toaster to test if we can use it for baking. The first recipe that we have baked was cassava cake. The result was not that good because it’s a bit dry on top. But it had proven that oven toaster can be use for baking.
The next recipe that I’ve baked was cookies. Then I attempted to make a cake. The cake was a disaster. It’s burnt on top and it’s uncooked inside. But that doesn’t stop me from trying. In fact, I’ve burnt a couple more recipe before I have realized how to do it right.
Cinnamon raisin bread is my favorite bread. I never want it to be wasted and so I have observed the oven toaster carefully. I asked these questions to myself: Why is the previous cake that I baked is burnt outside but raw inside? What can I do to prevent it?
The oven toaster has two heating elements, one on top and another one at the bottom. What I have observed is that the bottom part of the cake is not burnt. That made me realized that the thin metal shown in the photo probably prevents the heat from heating the bottom part of the baking pan directly. It serves like a barrier for the heat.
And since the cake rises, the top surface goes near the heating element and thus burning it. Therefore, I have to cover it with something to prevent the top surface of the cake from burning. But would that make the cake well done especially the inside part? And so I tried to cover it with aluminum foil. And the result is perfectly baked cinnamon raisin bread. As you can see from the image below it’s well baked until on the inside.
Since then, I have already baked cupcakes, muffins, brownies and cookies. Try checking out this moist chocolate cake that I baked on oven toaster. It’s really delicious.
To bake cakes or breads:
1. Use a bread pan and be sure that the size fits inside the oven toaster.
2. Place your cake/bread mixture about half full of the bread pan so that when it rises, it won’t over flow.
3. Cover it with aluminum foil as shown in the figure.
4. Be sure to check it once in a while to know what’s happening inside. And to know if it’s already cook or what.
To bake cupcake and muffins:
1. Again use a muffin/cupcake tray with a size that would fit inside the oven toaster.
2. Place half full up to 3/4 full of the cupcake/muffin mixture into the baking cups.
3. Cover it with aluminum foil.
4. Since the cupcake/muffin will rise it will definitely touch the aluminum foil. The top portion that will touch the foil will going to burn. To prevent this, place a metal thing at the middle (like what is shown in the photo) just to give it a room to rise.
Note: Be sure that the aluminum foil will not touch the heating element on top. The foil will burn and as a result the heat will penetrate on what you are baking. The baking time would differ from mixture to mixture. Thus, you have to watch as it cooks so that it will not be burnt.
In baking cookies, it’s all right not to cover it with aluminum foil. The space in between the heating element and the dough is just enough not to burn the cookies. But be sure to watch out what you are baking. Typically, baking cookies would just take around 10 to 15 minutes.
So I hope this article will enlighten everybody that oven toaster is not just for toasting bread. You can also bake different recipes in an oven toaster and the possibility is endless.
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We all wanted to look good. We all wanted to relax and pamper ourselves after a busy and stressful week at work. But doing these cost large amount of cash. Who would have thought that pampering at home instead of going to the spa or beauty salon is possible? And you can save huge amount of cash by doing these.
While having my haircut, I’ve realized that I was saving chunks of cash on salon services. I am so lucky that I married an ex-beauty salon staff. She does all the pampering services that I need. I’m going to list down all the things that she does so that you will know how I come up with PHP 23400 savings yearly.
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One common problem of parents is picky eater kids. Children between ages one and three peck and poke at their food. Most of the parents I know have a picky eater child. Even my daughter was a picky eater before.
When my daughter started eating solids, we introduce different kinds of foods from vegetables and fruits to chocolates, breads, etc. What we noticed is that she tends to eat the foods that she had tried for the first time. But when we feed her the same food for the second time, she just spit the foods that she didn’t like. Unfortunately, what she’s spitting out are fruits and vegetables.
As much as possible you wanted to provide healthy meals for your kids. But meal time always turns into an unpleasant event of the day because feeding your kids is really difficult. Luckily, when our daughter turns two, she started to like all the foods that we served. How did I turn my picky eater kid into a food feaster? It’s simple. I just did some tweaks and I can’t believe that they are really effective. Try out these tips.
1. Jazz Up the Presentation. We eat with our eyes. If the food looks good we have an intuition that it also tastes good. This is applicable for all ages. Even you as a parent know that. Good looking foods lower our resistance, making us wanted to taste it right away. So dress up the foods that you serve. Try decorating it like a bento. I’m sure your kid would love to eat a cute and lovely kitty bento. Just be creative I’m sure it will be effective.
|Cute Kitty Bento (source)|
2. Dips, Sauces, Spreads and Toppings. Feeding your kids with plain foods, like plain bread, plain biscuits or plain vegetable sticks, may not be that effective. Experiment on the dips to learn what they will like. Common dips, sauces, spreads and toppings are: catsup and mayonnaise, yogurt, cheese, chocolate sauce, fruit jelly and peanut butter.
3. Prepare Foods with Your Kids. What I observed with my daughter is that when I let her play with her food or if I let her help me prepare the food, it is much easier to feed her. Let them do the spreading. Let them help you with the mixing. It may be messy but surely it will be worth it.
4. Eat Together. Eating together with the whole family will make your child feel comfortable. If your child sees you try new foods and if they knew that you are enjoying them, the tendency is that they will also eat the same.
5. Camouflage Fruits and Vegetables. Grate vegetables (carrot, squash, moringa leaves) mix with flour and egg and cook them like a burger patty. Prepare a smoothie using fresh fruits and vegetables. Be creative. Think of ways how you can trick your children to eat delicious and healthy foods.
6. Use Their Kitchen Play Sets. Cut fruits and vegetables into small pieces and serve them using their kitchen play sets. Turn meal time into play time. It’s tried and tested that they will eat whatever food you have served them if you do it this way.
7. Keep Them Away From Distractions. Watching TV causes overeating to adults but the effect is different to your kids. TV is a meal time distraction to them. Turn off the TV during meal time to let them focus on the food that they are eating.
8. Invite Their Play Mates. Your kids will be encouraged to eat when they see their playmates munch on the foods that you prepare. Introduce healthy snacks during their play time. Give them the idea to use their toys as utensils for their snacks. It will definitely be a fun snack time.
9. Set an Example. Motivate your child to eat the foods that you prepare. Do this by tasting each food that you served and tell them how delicious it is. Never fake the reaction. Kids are too smart to know that you are just pretending.
|Pretend like her favorite cartoon character. (source)|
10. Turn Pressure into Pleasure. Kids have a different attitude. The more you force something to them, the more they will not do it. Stop counting one-two-three to them instead try a different approach. What I’m doing is that I turn my voice into like a chipmunk or I’m pretending like her favorite cartoon character. This simple childish thing makes her finish her meals.
Understand your child. This attitude happens to everyone. Even you might possibly be a picky eater before. Just relax. Take deep breathes. This attitude will subside later on as your child gets older. Stop getting angry or getting upset during mealtime. Instead try those tips listed above.
If you have something in your mind that we could add on the list, do share it. I’m sure it will be a great help to parents with a picky eater child.
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It was Tuesday when we decided to go to the park. After a very long meeting with our boss, I have decided to unwind for a bit. And since the city is quite far (about 45 minutes bus ride) and it was already 5 PM, there’s no other place to go but to the park.
There are lots of noticeable changes in the park. The last time we saw this spot of the park, it was just pure grass and tall trees. Now it has lights and palm trees. Before you’ll have to sit on the grass to relax, but now benches are provided for park goers.
And look at this little girl. When I say strike a “sosyal” pose, she immediately cross hers legs and that’s the outcome. A killer sosyal pose.
I must admit, I’m really over protective with this girl. I’m more panicky than her mom. You’ll hear me always saying, “Aya don’t do that or you’ll slip” or “Aya don’t run” or “Aya be careful.” I was even caught on cam teaching her how to slide properly. But I’m not alone most of the parents around react the same way to their children.
Just imagine how little children like this one are so happy when they are at the park. What they wanted to do was to just run, try the different amenities and mingle with the other children.
After more than an hour of chasing this hyper kid, we decided to take a rest for a while and eat some street foods. We ordered quail eggs (kwek kwek), kikiam and fish balls. It’s really delicious and I think clean. No wonder the queue on the food stand is always long.
It’s already dark when we leave the park. But before we go home, these two girls strike yet another killer pose.
I am the head of the family and the sole money maker. Since I’m an engineer, my wife decided to pass on to me the responsibility of doing our monthly budget. During payday I look at the monthly budget and decide how much money my wife will withdraw. Then she place the money in different envelops so that we can control our spending. It went well for a couple of months and then it just stopped all of a sudden. Now it’s the last quarter of the year and as we look at our savings, it’s such a shame that we had set aside just a few bucks. It’s quite alarming if this scenario will happen over and over again. I know we have to do something and that is to start all over again.
I know all of the benefits of monthly budget and I, somehow, know how to do it but where did I go wrong? I tried to track back the instances where I think I over spend. Here are my observations and the solutions that my wife and I had considered.
1. No Participation of Spouse. I did the budgeting alone and decided every details of it. I’m just the planner but I don’t do most of the spending. She’s the one going to the market and to the grocery store. She’s the one paying our monthly bills and doing all the bank transactions. And yet I planned it all alone.
Solution: Involve your wife and if possible all of the members of your family that lives with you. Each member can participate in determining the family expenses. That way you can include in your budget all the unexpected expenses that might come out along the way.
2. No specific goals. The purpose why we do budgeting is to save. That goal is, I think, too broad. We want to save for the emergency fund, for my child’s college fund and for down payment for our future house. The problem is we didn’t set any amount for each category. Plus we never plan for the frequency of saving and the amount to be save each month.
Solution: My wife and I decided to save a specific amount each month to build our emergency fund. The target amount is equivalent to three months of our monthly expenses. After building our emergency fund, we planned to split the money saved each month and allot one portion to short term goal (for down payment of house) and invest the other portion in trust fund for our child’s college fund.
3. Inflexible budget plan. During the first time that I layout our monthly budget, I just assumed every expenses. Then, we forced ourselves to stick to it. Non-fixed expenses, like grocery and utility bills, become a problem because the amount is unstable. Electric bill tends to rise during summer while the price of some fruits and vegetable rise during off season.
Solution: During the first time of constructing your budget plan, it’s all right to assume. But make adjustments each month so the budget will fit every situation. I suggest that you allot extra cash for non-fixed items. So if the bills or commodities go up, it will not have any impact on your budget plan. If in case you have not consumed the budgeted amount, add it to savings fund or to emergency fund.
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4. Difficulty to resist the urge to spend. I must admit this one is really difficult to deal with. I work in a compress work week schedule and I have 3 to 4 days off. What would you do for 3 to 4 days at home? Going to mall and dining out is the money drainer for me. I have a guiding principle in life which goes “be thrifty on other things but never on food.” Although it may sound good but it really draws chunks of cash.
Solution: My wife and I both agreed to go to the mall and dine out at most twice a month just to cut back our expenses. Instead of going out, perhaps we could just watch movie and eat pop corn at home. Instead of dining out we will just cook our own food. Aside from saving money, it would definitely be a healthier alternative than fast foods.
5. Too lazy to track expenses. The final reason why I think my budget fails is the laziness to track the expenses. Admit it, it’s really difficult because most of the time you just want to just enjoy the fruits of your labor and forget about everything else. Then, after a few hours of indulgence, you’ll feel the guilt of overspending.
Solution: I designated the tracking of expenses to my wife because she’s the one doing most of the spending like grocery, food preparation, etc. Each month I will collect all her records so we could project the expenses and adjust the budget if necessary.
Doing the budget alone is very difficult because it’s time consuming and quite boring. That’s why it’s necessary to have someone who can help you all throughout the budgeting process. You can do budgeting together with your spouse or partner or the whole family. Construct goals together and teach each other how to save for it by avoiding overspending. That way your goals can be easily reached and also money-related-stress can be avoided. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your pen and paper and start constructing your budget plan.
We normally eat tofu in a simple way. We just fry it until golden brown then dip it in a mixture of oyster sauce, soy sauce, vinegar and green onions. Another simple tofu recipe is the Sisig Tofu that I blogged before which came from a cooking show of Chef Boy Logro. Today I’m going to share to you another tofu recipe that I made and that vegetarians will surely love.
One of my colleagues avoids eating tofu since it’s made from soy beans. Actually he tries to avoid different types of beans because, according to him, this can cause or trigger his arthritis. I don’t know if this is true or if this is another myth that was passed on by the elders (we Filipinos used to believe in “sabi ng matatanda”). So I Googled and found an article from livestrong.com. Instead of triggering or causing arthritis, tofu has some qualities that actually decrease the symptoms of arthritis. The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine explains that all meat products, whether beef, chicken, turkey or pork, have inflammatory qualities which can worsen the pain and swelling from arthritis. Tofu can be used as a high-protein replacement for meats a few times a week.
Based on livestrong.com, my colleague’s beliefs about arthritis and tofu could be a myth. Probably his arthritis is triggered by other foods and not tofu nor any beans. If you have arthritis, better consult a physician to know the list of foods that should be avoided to prevent arthritis. Anyway, here’s my tofu and beans recipe. I would be glad to hear comments from you.
Tofu and Beans
- 3 pcs Firm Tofu, diced
- 10 -15 pcs Green Beans (Baguio Beans), chopped
- 1/8 cup Soy Sauce
- 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 tbsp Flour
- 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Sesame Seeds (optional)
- Salt and Pepper
- Toast sesame seeds in a pan with a little bit of oil. Set aside.
- Fry tofu in the same pan until golden brown.
- While frying the tofu, mix soy sauce, brown sugar, water, flour and oyster sauce in a bowl.
- Cook the sauce in a separate pan until thick. Set aside.
- Cook green beans together with tofu for 5 minutes.
- Mix the sauce together with tofu and beans in a bowl.
- Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds if desired.
- Serve and Enjoy!
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She frequently asks lately as to how I would react if she becomes overweight. She’s asking me if I would replace her if she becomes fat. I really don’t know how to react. I’d rather not talk than say something that will hurt her. Just imagine how we both would look like if she becomes fat and I maintain the same thin figure as I have today. That’s an eye sore right. So before things get worst and before we get to the point where everything is irreversible, I made some plans to prevent this from happening. I include myself in these plans so that she will be motivated. But I don’t aim to become slim but rather I’m aiming for a fit and healthy body.
My wife and I are craving for leche flan. The last time we ate this was during our stay at my brother’s place in Cavite. We went to Adobo Connection that time to try other adobo dishes and to eat flan turon. Flan turon was their version of leche flan wrapped in egg roll wrapper and then deep fried.
I know I had made a leche flan recipe way back in college. Actually, it was just an experiment and I was just trying to help my sister that time. She has this recipe book that she bought from school and she was tasked to make leche flan. She’s an HRM student by the way. She followed the recipe as is. After the mixing and the cooking, I can’t wait to see and taste the final product. After the pan has cooled, she flips it on a plate and to her surprise it splashed all over the plate. I laughed so hard and it was really a great disappointment. It looked like a “taho” with “arnibal” (sugar syrup). So for the next batch, we worked together and added some more eggs to the recipe, about 2 to 3 I guess. The leche flan turned out well (at least as to how it looks) but the taste is a bit bland for me. It’s such a shame that a good school with a good name published or endorse recipe books like this. Aren’t they cooking what they are writing in the recipe book? But maybe it could be a typographical error. Ummm???
My daughter told me once, “Daddy gusto ko ng ‘pascake’.” (Daddy I want a pascake.) I ask her what a pascake is. Then she just kept on telling pascake. I ask my wife what is pascake then she told me that it was cupcake. I just laughed and then corrected my daughter. I don’t understand the words that come out to my daughter’s mouth most of the time. But my wife knows everything. Like the spageebar for SpongeBob and pispyoyer for explorer in Dora the Explorer.
Bagamat hindi ako nakapunta sa inilunsad na Million People March sa Luneta kahapon, nais kong ipahayag na ako’y nakikiisa rin sa pagbuwag ng PDAF o mas kilala sa tawag na Pork Barrel. Gaya ng milyon-milyong Pinoy, isa rin ako sa nadidismaya sa ginawang paglustay sa kaban ng bayan para lamang sa pansariling kapakanan ng iilan. Nakakalungkot lang isipin na ang pinaghirapan ko at pinaglaanan ko ng sipag at tiyaga ay mapupunta lamang sa wala. Nagbabayad ako ng buwis at nagbabyad ako ng tama. No choice naman ako dahil isa rin ako sa milyon-milyong trabahador na Pinoy na kailangang magbayad ng buwis. Obligasyon ko ito para sa sariling kong bansa.
|Photo Source: Jason Eco Oliverio|
Habang sinusulat ko ito pinagmamasdan ko ang aking income tax return. Ang daming nasayang na pera. Kung sana hindi ako nagbayad ng buwis maaaring nakapag-down na ako sa isang rent-to-own na bahay o kaya’y nakapagpundar ng mga gamit para sa bahay o kaya nama’y nakapagpatayo ng isang maliit na business. Sa kabilang banda, alam ko na dapat magbayad ng buwis. Para ito sa pag-unlad ng Pilipinas. Para ito sa mga tulay, daanan at iba pang imprastruktura. Para ito sa serbisiyong medikal. Para ito sa edukasyon. At higit sa lahat, para ito sa kapwa ko Pilipino na naghihirap.
Kung titimbangin ang pansariling kagustuhan versus ang magagawa ng iniambag kong buwis para sa akin at sa kapwa ko Pinoy, mas matimbang pa rin ang huli. Kaya hindi ako dapat manghinayang sa mga perang kinakaltas sa sahod ko buwan buwan dahil alam ko na isa rin ako sa mga makikinabang dito. Yun eh kung napunta lamang sana ang aking buwis sa tama.
|Photo Source: K2S Auto Shop & JKK Auto Parts Zone|
2007 to 2009 lamang ang naipapabalitang PDAF scam. Earlier sa 2007 or 2009 up to present, wala bang naganap na katiwalian? Bagamat sa mga panahong ito’y isa pa lamang akong estudyante, ramdam ko ang epekto nito sa aking mga magulang ngayong nagtatrabaho na ako. Araw-araw tayong nagbabayad ng buwis mula sa pagkaing ating kinakain hanggang sa mga serbisyo at mga bagay na ating kinukunsumo. Lahat ng ito’y may VAT. Kaya isipin mo na lamang kung gaano kalaki ang nawawala sayo araw-araw. Tapos bandang huli ito’y nanakawin lang ng mga taong ganid at puro pansarili lamang ang iniisip. Di bat sayang?
Makasarali, tama yan marahil ang pinakamagandang word para i-describe ang mga taong ito. Hindi lang naman tayo ang ninakawan nila eh. Yong kanilang mga kapamilya, kamag-anak at mga kaibigang kaparehas nating nagbabayad ng tamang buwis lahat ng yun ninakawan din nila. Walanghiya, magnanakaw, walang-awa, hindi tunay na kaibigan, kahit ano pa ang itawag natin sa kanila isang word lang ang pinaka-root nyan - MAKASARILI. Tama na! sobra na! kailangan na talagang tuldukan ito.
Mabuti na lamang at may nagsimula. Bakit nga naman di natin gamitin ang teknolohiya para manghikayat ng nais makiisa. Pagkakaisa para buwagin ang primary source ng corruption, ang pork barrel. Saludo ako sa nagsimula nito at sa mga taong nakilahok hindi lamang sa Luneta kundi sa lahat ng sulok ng Pilipinas maging sa ibat ibang parte ng mundo. Nakakatuwa lamang isipin na ang bayanihan sa bayan ni Juan ay buhay pa. Sa pagkakataong ito napatunayan na naman natin na ang sama sama nating boses ay hindi mabubuwag ng kahit sinong makapangyarihang tao. Isa rin itong patunay na hindi tayo mangmang at hindi tayo basta basta magpapaapi lamang habang ang mga nakaluklok sa pwesto ay nagpapakasarap sa mga perang ating pinaghirapan.
|Photo Source: Kenneth Betsayda|
Aabangan ko pa ang mga susunod na mangyayari dito. Patuloy pa rin akong magmamasid at makikiisa sa mga hakbang na palagay ko’y tama. Ngunit ang kinakatakot ko ay magaya lamang ito sa mga lumang issue ng pamahalaan na kapag hindi na nalalathala sa mga pahayagan o kaya nama’y nababalita sa telebisyon ay hindi na rin tinututukan ng sambayanan. Nakakalungkot lang kung masasayang ang effort ng marami sa atin. At the same time nakakatakot, dahil ang mga kawatan parang mga daga yan, kung wala na ang mga pusa sa paligid, lalabas yan bigla at magnanakaw na naman sa kaban ng bayan.
We are under house arrest due to the southwest monsoon rains enhanced by tropical storm “Maring”. Instead of just sleeping all day, I recycled a mirror frame for my watercolor paintings (Recycled Frame for Watercolor Paintings), I fix some leaks, played with my child and cooked some deep fried Oreos.
As what I have read, deep fried Oreos are commonly found in county fairs as well as other deep fried foods like ice creams and chocolates. It’s an Oreo cookie sandwich coated with pancake mix or flour mixture then deep fried. It is usually eaten that way. But some dust it with powdered sugar or placed some whipped cream and sprinkles on top. But you can skip those if you wanted to avoid the extra calorie.