Migs and Alaine

Chronicles of a Happy Married Life

Build Your Own Wealth

Most Filipinos believe that supporting their parents once they are old is the best way to show “utang na loob” (debt of gratitude). Although the Church (whichever religion you are in) is teaching us about leaving and cleaving,  many couples still struggle to leave their parents because of the obligations that are either given to them or they feel that they need to do. That being said, the concept of having an extended family or a shared home, became a norm in our country and sadly, it becomes harder and harder to break the chain.

It’s never too late or too early to invest. Migs and I used to practice traditional way of saving money. We used to save a portion of our income to our preferred bank. When I was 22 years old, I tried investing in a life insurance but I failed because I wasn’t really ready to invest yet but I was able to invest on Memorial plans which I do not regret. We thought we were doing well because we were able to save money for our car, a beautiful wedding, leisure, down payment for a house, etc.

Our wake up call was when Migs got sick. Although our Health cards covered the hospital bills, we had to spend a portion of our savings considering that he has been sick for a year. I also had to let go of some of our signature bags and some pieces of jewelry. It was tough and the reason why I am sharing our experience is because I don’t want anyone especially young couples to experience the same thing.

As soon as Migs is back on his feet, I have reached out to several financial advisers so we can start preparing for our retirement fund.  In the end, we chose to sign up with Sun Life. We felt that everything that we need and looking for are in one package. Sun Life phone app is also user friendly and lets me monitor our plans wherever we are.

After signing up, we decided that we are ready to have a baby by 2018. But guess what, about 2 weeks of getting our retirement plans – we are already pregnant. It seemed like everything was perfectly planned.

What did we learn from Migs’ near death experience that convinced us to sign up for a Life Insurance?

As parents, it is our responsibility to raise our children no matter what the circumstances may be. We should not obligate them to give us everything that they worked for when we’re old, not even a portion of it. Why? Our children never chose us to be their parents. If you think you cannot send your children to an exclusive school – then don’t. We always have options. Send them to a public school and still be able to provide their basic needs or find another source of income in order to afford your preferred school. We don’t need to live a life full of debts just to be able to fit in or prove something.  After all, it’s our family that we should be worried about not a certain status that we’re trying to portray.

As children, let’s allow our our parents to enjoy their retirement fund. They have already raised and have spent their resources for us. They are not our emergency funds. They have worked to hard to provide all our needs.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that it’s bad to help a family member in need. But we should know our limitations too.  Part of leaving and cleaving is putting your immediate family’s needs first.

 

Happy weekend!

 

How Ketogenic Diet Changed My Life

Just like other women, I battled depression because of the pressure brought by some family members and friends because they thought I couldn’t bear a child. If Migs wasn’t supportive, I wouldn’t be able to get over it. I have shared my experience thru a blog post that I published last year. It was comforting to read comments from strangers who expressed their support as well.

Migs and I decided that we should just focus on things that would make us both productive.  I chose to quit my job and decided to become a Stay-at-home-wife. It was fun because I have all the time in the world to prepare my husband’s meals. We both tried ketogenic diet (we had cheat days too!)  and religiously go to the gym every 6:00 AM. This lasted for nearly 3 months.

Fast forward to October 2017, we opened a business and have been very busy that I forgot record my monthly period. I knew I had spotting but I thought it was just caused by stress. So, I never really recorded it. Plus, I have done so many pregnancy tests in the past that I no longer want to be disappointed. I was at the point where I couldn’t care less about fertility as long as I have my regular check-up with an OB and a pap smear, then I am good.

Everything was doing well until I was rushed to the hospital on the eve of our 5th wedding anniversary. I thought I was having another vertigo attack.  After an hour of waiting at the Emergency room, the Doctor came back congratulating us.

We visited my OB the day after and found out that I was already 11 weeks pregnant! It wasn’t really a happy story. My sense of smell was very sensitive.  Migs had to ditch all the onions and garlic at home. I was very picky when it comes to food that I lost 3kgs. But everything went back to normal when I reached my 4th month. Now that I am on my third trimester and have gained almost 8kgs, I started cutting rice from my diet again with hopes of having a normal delivery.

Five years of married life and here we are – busy preparing for our little one’s arrival. I am now 34 years old and I am still amazed with how amazing my pregnancy turned out.

If you want to know more about Ketogenic diet, I suggest that you visit your doctor first and join a community where you can get tips and exchange recipes too. You may want to check out this Facebook Community.

Here’s a photo of me taken last week.  We can’t wait to see our little one!

 

More photos posted on our Facebook page.

Celebrating Motherhood

It has been more than a year since I left my corporate job for a more healthy and chill life. I have applied for several home-based jobs before I landed one a month after I resigned.  Joining several Facebook communities whose focus is on legit home-based jobs helped me prepare for interviews. One of my favorites is Filipina Homebased Moms (FHMOMS), a group created by a Filipino mother with the mission to help fellow parents, mothers especially, to find jobs suitable to their lifestyle through onlinejobs.ph.

I like how the group members share their views with working from home and even share job opportunities. They also have a line-up of seminars that you can sign-up to in case you are clueless with working from home or if you just want to upgrade your skills.

Last May 12, 2018, I was privileged to be invited to an exclusive FHMOMS event sponsored by Pampers. The event was held at Mom and Tina’s Bakery in Pasig City.

It was a short yet meaningful event where speakers discussed different topics. It is really helpful to attend events like this for soon-to-be-moms like myself. My favorite topics where Healthy Baby food ideas and Homeschooling.

If you are a mom planning to have more time with your family by working from home, or if you already are working from home and needs a support group, I suggest that you join Filipina Homebased Moms and follow their Facebook Page too.  It always feel good to be in a group who share the same passion with you and understand your needs and frustrations.

I hope you all had a meaningful mother’s day celebration!

Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts: Spreading Autism Awareness, 1 Shirt at a Time

Even though the word Autism is commonly heard, still there are several speculations about Autism and of the people affected by it. In the Philippines, it is estimated that there are around 1 million people living with Autism, yet not everybody can understand what it it’s like. The Autism spectrum Disorder is a condition where a person who is diagnosed with it will not have the same experiences but are noticed by the core symptoms.

Meet Calel, he is a 6-year old who was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at the age of four. A year ago, he discovered his love for animals and drawing and once he starts on a sketch pad he just cannot stop – his mother Marie, started posting his artwork on Facebook, when a friend commented that if in the case the drawing is produced to be printed on a t-shirt – he definitely would buy.

After a few months, Marie launched Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts for 3 reasons: to help with Calel’s therapy needs, to develop the business to eventually be taken over by Calel (when he gets older) and to spread Autism awareness.

Anybody would know that Occupational and Speech therapy is costly, plus there are limited specialists in the Philippines. Kids with ASD need to attend SPED (Special Education) classes which can cost up to 60,000Php a year. For every shirt purchased, this will help Calel’s parents to make sure he gets the special treatments that he needs.

Calel’s future is still unclear at the age of 6, he shows signs of progress but it is hard to tell if he will be able to live a normal life or yet alone become employed, if this becomes a success, Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts may become his own business to handle.

With the first batch of t-shirts printed and distributed, people that order have started to ask about Calel and his condition – this helps Marie to talk about Autism and educate them on what Calel and their parents experience day-to-day including the highs and low.

There are so many designs to choose from and each is unique which you will surely love. T-shirt’s come in kids, men and women’s sizes.

Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts are being offered at introductory prizes for the first 100 customers.

Please visit their Instagram account for updates and designs: Instagram.com/calelswackyartshirts

You may help calel by purchasing a shirt through their shoppee account: https://shopee.ph/mamaneesshop

They are also accepting donations for art materials like sketch pads, crayons, colored pencils and pens.

Mackerel Pesto Pasta Recipe + Giveaway!

We have been very busy lately that we almost forgot that our blog still exists. LOL! Our next article will explain what we’ve been up to for the past few months. For now, we want to give our readers another chance to win a gift pack from Uni-Pak!

Aside from the gift pack, we want to share with you a simple recipe that you can prepare this weekend. We have been trying to eat healthy and have been experimenting on different dishes. Last week, Migs prepared a mackerel pesto pasta from scratch!

Here are the ingredients for the pesto:

olives

fresh basil leaves

olive oil

peanuts

salt

pepper

parmessan

Preparing pesto is as easy as 1 – 2- 3. You just have to mix all the ingredients together in a food processor which will only take less than 5 minutes.

After preparing the pesto, it’s time to cook the noodles to your likeness ( we like it al dente).  Migs drained the Unipak Mackerel from the can before adding it to our pesto pasta.

Try out this recipe for a healthier meal option.

Also, don’t forget to join our giveaway! You just have to follow the easy steps below. Announcement of winner is on March 25, 2018.

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Thanks and happy eating!

Shop to Fly with GetGo’s lifestyle partners!

Did somebody say shopping? Get your purses and bags ready as GetGo surprises you with big rewards each time you visit your favorite outlets and buy the newest fashion items using your bank cards.

Shop until you drop as GetGo turns retail therapy expenses into points for free flights to local and international destinations. With its rewards partners, going to malls, watching movies, or trying out new restaurants become more than just a hobby but a lifestyle where everyone can spend while enjoying benefits of traveling to new places for free.

Enjoy a hassle-free shopping spree at Lazada. It carries a wide range of brands and products for the convenience of the fashionista. You can get the latest trends at affordable prices, helping you save money for your next fashion haul. Every P10 spend on Lazada.com.ph is equal to 1 GetGo point so you can easily shop your way to the next destination.

Looking for a one-stop-shop for all desires and needs? Visit Robinsons Department Store and discover the hottest stylish items and accessories for a great deal at the store’s apparel section for women, men, and kids. Each trip earns you 1 GetGo point for every P100 spend. For fresh grocery choices and everyday must-haves, you can shop at any Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Selections, and Robinsons Easymart branches nationwide and enjoy collecting GetGo points for every P200 spend.

Fly with Cebu Pacific to other countries and stay with GetGo’s hotel partners for your holidays and weekend getaways. With Agoda and Kaligo, you can choose from thousands of properties and book a comfortable room at an affordable price. Likewise, you can enjoy a staycation and appreciate the local tourist sites with Travelbook.ph. You can even instantly share your favorite memories on social media by using your mobile data for roaming with Travelling Connect. Each successful booking with Cebu Pacific, Agoda, Kaligo, Travelbook.ph, and Travelling Connect gives you GetGo points for more exciting escapades.

Living this extravagant and expensive lifestyle becomes rewarding with GetGo’s network of financial partners. Each P88 spend with UnionBank’s Cebu Pacific GetGo Debit Card, 3 Citi Rewards Points, 5 BPI Express Credit Real Thrills Rewards, 7 Asia United Bank Rewards Points, 12 Bank of Commerce Rewards Plus Points, 2.4 EW Limitless Rewards Points, 7 Security Bank Rewards Points, 2 BDO Elite Points, or 3 BDO Regular Points give you GetGo points for future free flights. You can also secure online payments with Dragonpay credits which can earn you GetGo points for every successful transaction on its mobile app.

So SHOP to FLY now with GetGo to experience the best of shopping and live a rewarding life of luxury. Not yet a member? Visit www.getgo.com.ph for more information on how to join.

Stay updated on the programs and latest promos by visiting the website and by liking GetGo PH’s official pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Converge ICT lends support to “My Dream in a Shoebox”

Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. recently lent its support to the “My Dream in a Shoebox” Gift-Giving Day
activity for the benefit of the Payatas Orione Foundation. The event was held at the Mother of Divine
Providence church grounds located in Payatas, Quezon City.

“My Dream in a Shoebox” is a long-running project that collects and distributes shoeboxes filled with
school supplies to poor and underprivileged Filipino children around the country. It is spearheaded by
TeamAsia together with the IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines, Inc. (IBPAP).

It was the first time that Converge ICT participated in such an inspiring event in Metro Manila that was
held in one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the metropolis. According to Ms. Mari-Au Acuesta,
HR Director of Converge ICT, most of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) events were
focused in Pampanga where Converge ICT traces its roots.

Converge ICT served as food sponsor for the more than 700 people, composed mostly of kids, their
parents and volunteers. They also put up a photo booth and a face-painting area at the venue, the first
time these were included in the gift-giving event. The photo booth and face painting truly delighted not
just the kids but also the kids-at- heart, who all patiently waited for their turn. The long lines were a
testament to the fun-filled activities’ success.

Even Converge ICT personnel, particularly their graphics design team, did the face-painting themselves
long after the professional face painters have left. This further elicited laughter among the kids who
nonetheless remained wide-eyed with excitement.

“We were delighted to see the response of kids. They were all awed by the Photo Booth setup and of
course, the face-painting. They marvelled at the kiddie-friendly images drawn on either hands or face,
and clearly they had fun, even if the Converge ICT personnel took over the face-painting chores. It was
an inspiring sight,” Acuesta said.

Mr. Jesus Romero, COO of Converge ICT, bared that this initial CSR venture of Converge ICT will definitely see a repeat next year, and hinted that perhaps will even be bigger in scope.

For her part, Monette Iturralde-Hamlin, President of Team Asia and the project’s main proponent, said
she can’t believe that “My Dream in a Shoebox,” which started through a dream, is in its 9 th year already.
“We thank our many sponsors who supported the project throughout the years and still continue to
support us until today, including other new sponsors.”

Hamlin was delighted that Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. joined this year’s edition of “My Dream in a
Shoebox.” She thanked Converge ICT for participating as a Platinum sponsor and helped feed the throng
of kids who came in droves.

Converge ICT, Inc. started its business in 1992 and was already granted a congressional franchise. The
company has many Tier 1 international peering partners to ensure fast and reliable connectivity. It also
partnered with top domestic peering partners currently has the 3 rd largest Internet backbone in the
country to help further improve the Internet experience of Filipinos.

For more details about Converge ICT, Inc. and its Internet offerings, visit www.convergeict.com.
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Reference: Jerome Samson- 09178961568
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Athena and Crave Healthy from Unilab

Happy New Year, everyone! I missed  sharing new discoveries with you. Migs and I have been very busy the past few months and I never got the chance to update our blog.

If you have been following us on Instagram, you already know that we are pregnant! Yay! It was the best Wedding anniversary gift.  Part of my pregnancy preparation was drinking lots and lots of milk everyday.  I choose Athena over other milk brands because of the following reasons:

*High Calcium essential for optimum bone health. It is also a source of Vitamins D and K, Magnesium and Phosphorus – nutrients to help maintain strong bones
*Low in Fat so you can enjoy this beverage without the risk of high caloric intake

*Source of Anti-oxidants such as Vitamins A & E and Zinc to help maintain healthy skin and promote optimum immune function

I felt that Athena was especially formulated to meet my special nutritional needs plus, it’s yummy (my personal favorite is their Choco flavor)!

Athena comes in two flavors – Milk (180 grams – Php 130.00; 400 grams – Php 273.00) and Choco (180 grams – Php 130.00). It’s available online at www.athena.com.ph and in-store at Mercury Drugstore, Watsons, and Southstar.

If you are also pregnant, there’s healthy way to satisfy hunger and food cravings! I have recently discovered Crave Healthy – the first snack product in the Philippines that is specifically designed for the pregnant woman by doctors and nutritionists.

It’s NUTRITIOUS because it contains essential nutrients – Folic Acid, Iron, and Calcium that are critical for both the mom and her growing baby. It also has reduced salt and just the right amount of calories that give the pregnant woman that extra energy she needs daily.
It’s DELICIOUS because it tastes just like her regular snack. Crave Healthy is currently available in Sweet Corn flavor and does not have any aftertaste of nutrient fortifications. It helps support the nutritional needs of pregnant women and our  developing fetus.

A pack of Crave is worth Php 25.00 at 30 grams each. It’s available online at www.cravehealthysnacks.com, select Med Express branches, and select Robinsons Supermarket outlets.

I have so many things that I would love to share with you guys but, I’ll just save those for my next article!

XO,

Alaine

National Pampering Day 2017

Visiting a Nailaholics Salon and Spa branch is something that I always look forward to. Comfy seats, spacious salon, skilled nailed technician and excellent customer service are the perfect formula for relaxation. Who doesn’t love being pampered once in a while?

The National Pampering Day got off to a good start last year where Nailaholics offered free manicure service and a stress relieving hand massage from 10AM to 12NN on their branches nationwide. This year, everyone will be treated to a free service of their choice: a soothing manicure, calming foot spa or relaxing foot massage.

Quoting Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa, “We Filipinos are very hardworking in any given aspect of our lives and a nation of energetic and industrious people best deserves real pampering once in a while. This year, as Nailaholics celebrates the 2nd National Pampering Day, we go deeper and dedicate this to everyone and remind them to take it slow, take it easy, zone out and relax for a while”.

Nailaholics and one of the most beloved lacquer brand in the world, O.P.I., National Pampering Day 2017 will accommodate more guests with the extension of pampering time until 1PM.  The best thing about this year’s National Pampering Day is that it will support World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas.

Head down to any Nailaholics Nail and Salon Spa Branch on October 17, Tuesday from 10AM to 1PM and get yourself a relaxing service. Nailaholics currently have more than 50 branches nationwide, including Gateway Mall, Eastwood City Walk, Cash and Carry Makati, Harbor Point Mall Subic, SM Cebu, SM Bacolod, and SM Lanang.

Grab this one a year treat! Walk out of a Hamptons-inspired nail salon feeling refreshed and ready to bring it on again.

Visit www.nailaholics.com to check their services and find the branch nearest you. Get updates through their Facebook Page , Twitter and Instagram accounts.

K-POP REPUBLIC 2: BEYOND THE USUAL K-POP CONCERT

Hello, K-POP fans! Remember when we posted about our K-POP Republic experience last 2013?  K-POP Republic is back!

This festival’s name is familiar to K-Pop fans in the country as it was first held last September 2013 with iconic acts such as SHINee, EXO-K and Dal Shabet as part of the lineup. K-POP Republic is finally returning this 2017, bigger and better, an event K-POP fans all over should definitely look forward to.

K-POP Republic 2 is happening this October 28, 2017 at the Circuit Event Grounds. Not only will fans get to see their favorite groups perform LIVE – there will be various activities and games that fans can get to participate in. Yes, that’s 1 day of K-Pop festivities for everyone.

Kicking off this year’s K-Rep2 lineup are 2 of the hottest groups in the K-Pop scene today – NCT127, Cosmic Girls (WJSN), G-Friend and N.Flying. More exciting things are yet to be announced so make sure to stay tuned.

About NCT127

NCT127 is a K-Pop group under SM Entertainment (famous groups include: BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, EXO, f(x), Red Velvet, etc). The name stands for “Neo Culture Technology” and the 127 in the group’s name represents the longitude coordinates of Seoul. The group is composed of Taeil, Taeyong, Yuta, Jaehyun, WinWin, Mark and Haechan. The group popularized the hits – “Fire Truck”, Limitless and Cherry Bomb. Fans can expect a powerful performance from the group during K-POP Republic 2.

About Cosmic Girls (WJSN)

Cosmic Girls also known as WJSN (woo-ju-seo-nyeo) is a K-Pop group composed of Korean and Chinese members. The group is managed under Starship Entertaiment who gave us big K-Pop acts such as Sistar and Monsta X, and Yue Hua Entertainment. The group is popularly known for their singles such as “Mo Mo Mo”, “Catch Me”, “Secret”, “I Wish” and their latest single “Happy”. Make sure to look out for these energetic and sweet girls only on K-POP Republic 2.

About G-Friend

G-Friend which actually stands for “Girlfriend” (Yeoja Chingu) is a K-Pop group quite known for their addictive songs and dance steps. They are under Source Music and is composed of Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB, and Umji. The group is known for their catchy tunes which had the group win various awards since their debut in 2015. G-Friend’s hits include “Glass Bead”, “Rough”, “Me Gustas Tu”, “Navillera”, “Fingertip” and their latest single “Love Whisper”. Get ready to fall in love with these lovely ladies only on K-Pop Republic 2.

 

About N.Flying

N.Flying is a South Korean rap rock band formed in 2013 by FNC Entertainment, home to known artists F.T. Island, C.N.Blue and A.O.A. The band consists of Kwon Kwang-jin (bass, rap), Lee Seung-hyub (rhythm guitar, vocal, rap), Cha Hun (lead guitar, vocal), Kim Jae-hyun (drums) and newly added member Yoo Hwe-seung (vocal), who’s known to have joined the popular boy group survival reality show Produce 101 Season 2.

Excited?

Ticket prices for K-Pop Republic 2 are the following: SVIP Standing and Seated for PHP 10,000.00, VIP for PHP 6,500.00, Gold for PHP 3,500.00 and Silver for PHP 2,000.00. Tickets will be available through SM Tickets and Ticketnet, online and through the outlets.

For provincial and international fans, you may also purchase your tickets through the following links from All Access Productions.
INTERNATIONAL FORM: https://tinyurl.com/InternationalOrderForm
PROVINCIAL FORM: https://tinyurl.com/ProvincialOrderForm

K-Pop Republic 2 is brought to you by HM Entertainment and All Access Production together with TV Daily, Sports Today and LUMOS E&M.

For more information, follow HM Entertainment and All Access Production on
Facebook HM: http://www.facebook.com/hmentinternational
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