Sunday, July 26, 2015

Investing for the Future

As I have previously been writing and telling people, my perspective in life has changed a great deal and my priorities have shifted the moment I got blessed with my little girl.  The things that mattered before turned out to be mediocre in my current state of mind, and hence placed at the bottom of my list (e.g. clothes and shoes).  There are also some things which were previously not on the list but turned out to be very important, and so they end up on top (e.g. investment).

 As our little K is is growing up, Jheck and I realized that we need to already look ahead and start investing for K's (and our other future children's) future.  And so a few months ago, I bumped into this blog that talks about stock market investing and was able to get my hands on a copy of Bo Sanchez's book entitled "My Maid Invests in the Stock Market and Why You Should, too."  That book was a total eye opener.  I'm now on the thesis stage of my MBA but I realized that I have zero knowledge about how the stock market works. The topic was not even mentioned in even a single one of my management classes in college.  Such a shame, I know.  I remember one of my classmates asking the same question during one of my MBA classes, but it was clear our prof was struggling to give us a decent answer, and so we just let the issue die down after one follow-up question so as to spare him from further humiliation.  So anyway, back to the book.  I got so inspired with how Bro. Bo's househelps (who do no even hold degrees) are investing in the stock market and how they are earning from it.  I then started researching on the topic, and reading blogs and ebooks until Jheck and I finally decided to give it a try.

I never looked back ever since.  We started with only a little amount and keep adding a fixed amount every month.  We are in for the long term and so when the stocks went down last month, we held on to the reassurances of Bro. Bo and the financial advisers of the Truly Rich Club.  This month I have seen the stocks soar and my portfolio going green and I could not be any happier.  Starting to invest this early is a good thing, we were told, that is why I try to influence other people my age to start looking at money differently and spend and save their hard-earned money smartly.  Of course, it's no surprise that a lot of people do not see things the way I see it.  It's not for everyone after all; but I hope one day these people finally get their Aha! moment. Before it's too late for them, that is.

I decided to start advocating about stock market investing and personal finance management and writing about it along with the my other interests on this blog.  However, at the moment I am concentrating on finishing my thesis, so this will probably have to wait for a while.  Moreover, I am also still struggling to fight off my old unhealthy spending habits.  I have sod off the regular unnecessary shopping, thankfully; but my unnecessary eating out I seem to be having problems.  My hormones and regular cravings are to blame. I am fighting. Really. Hard.  More updates on this real soon. Meanwhile, please wish me luck on this fight as well as on the successful completion of my thesis.



Thursday, May 28, 2015

On Motherhood

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This blog has become an orphan for so long a time already.  Apparently, my demanding job, motherhood, and wife duties happened.  No regrets there, definitely. Priorities, priorities! 

Anyway, our little bundle is turning 10 months next week. She's growing so fast! Despite seeing her everyday, I still get surprised at how big and tall she gets whenever I look at her at night. I know every mother out there agrees at how amazing it feels to just stare at your little one soundly sleeping, oblivious to the overwhelming love that she makes you feel.  And then you look at your husband, your other half, the one who shares the world that your child holds, and you get a surreal mix of love and gratitude and an immense sense of tranquility. 

Motherhood really changed me.   It made me selfless, patient, and enduring, among other things. Motherhood made me see things differently; it gave my life more meaning and purpose.  The things that I once thought are what only matters I now see as trivial and self-serving, that when I look back, I am reminded of how frivolous I once think. 

K surprises me every day. She learns new tricks and new syllables as she grows and it's immense joy whenever she shows them to us. She's also slowly learning to stand up on her own and making her first few steps, and that make me super happy and proud.  I know my husband and I still have a long, long way to go and we are preparing ourselves for it. Some things do not and will not always go as planned, but we try to welcome every detour as patiently as we can. 

My future posts will now be centered on my journey as a newbie mom, wife, and a professional.  It's going to take some good juggling, yes, but I am positive that I can manage. Every day opens up a new door for learning and I try to welcome each lesson with all the positivity and calm that I can muster.  

Please join me in my journey and let's learn together. 



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

12 Fun and Creative Ideas for Beach Pictures

Summer is finally here ladies! Like me, I know all of you have felt the scorching heat of the sun too, and that just makes me want to get out and dive into the still blue waters. Oh how I wish there's an out-of-town-beach-and-sand getaway around the corner but, as work and busy schedules won't allow us (yet), we'll just sit and die out of envy with all our facebook and instagram friends posting out their hot summer adventures. (sad) But then again summer is not yet over! (yay!)

So if you're on your summer outfits already and enjoying that summer getaway, here are a few fun ideas that you could try for taking creative beach pictures to swim in your facebook and instagram page:

1. Beach ball fun!

2. Hold unto the sun

 3. Sunset Cartwheel

4. Silhouette

5. Sunlight and sand

6. Baby and the beach

7. Love at the beach

8. Vintage

9. Designs in the sand

10. Underwater

11. Water fun

12. Toes in the sand

Have fun!

Jhet and Janjie

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