Migs and Alaine

Chronicles of a Happy Married Life

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Budget-Friendly Father’s Day Celebration

Celebrations doesn’t always have to break the bank. I remember making Father’s day cards with my sisters when we were still little. My father still kept those cards on his old attache case (briefcase). One of our super cheap gifts to him, a hand grip that we purchased using our daily allowance is still in good shape. I honestly never saw my father use those. LOL! But keeping them on his cabinet for more than 20 years meant so much to me and my sisters.

2017 will be my father’s second year of celebrating Father’s day without my mother. In times like this, I know that he would rather see us, his children than go somewhere else. He’s not the type who prefer lavish celebrations so, I plan to throw a simple BBQ party for him at his house in Antipolo. Backyard BBQ is not just an event but a way of life for him! It has always been one of his favorite activities.

But of cousre, checking in a nice hotel within the metro with a relaxing one hour massage is still an option. I am eyeing for a nearby hotel (probably in Ortigas Center or Eastwood City) since we want to avoid the hideous weekend traffic. This reminded me of my travelbook.ph membership. So many hotels to choose from and the best part is, I do not need a credit card to book a room since I have the option to pay at the hotel. Safe and convenient booking, just like what my father would prefer.

Father’s day is just on the horizon. What are your plans? This special day is the best time to show your Dad your appreciation for what he is – the best father in the whole world! A sincere thank you or even just a big hug would mean a lot to him but adding an extra effort won’t hurt…after all, our fathers had sacrificed a lot for us.

Let us know how you’d like to celebrate Father’s day with you Daddy/Tatay/Papa/Pops on the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you too!

Happy father’s day to all the amazing fathers out there!

 

Benefits of Dearberry Coco Vera

Aloe Vera Gels are selling like hot cakes these days. If you’re not yet convinced why Aloe Gel should be your next best friend, allow us to share with you the benefits of keeping a tub of Coco Vera handy.

Moisturizer

As you all know, Dearberry products are Paraben free and are safe to use even in the most sensitive skin. It rejuvenates your skin and gives you extra glow. It’s non-sticky formula will make you feel fresh all day. Coco Vera is also formulated for acne prone skin and it also helps dry out blackheads and whiteheads. Don’t be afraid to apply it on your face because the smell will make you forget that it’s made from Aloe Vera!

Sunburn Treatment

Aside from the fact that sunburn is painful, it can leave ugly marks on your skin and can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer. You can use Coco Vera to help dissipate the heat. Coco Vera is made from 91% Jeju aloe and does not contain benzocaine, or lidocaine which makes it safe for sunburn.

Cracked Heels 

If your heels look awful when wearing open sandals or flip flops, apply a generous amount of Coco Vera to your feet before sleeping. Don’t forget to wear Socks too. Do this for at least 7 days to see improvement. Wouldn’t it be nice to show off your feet this Summer?

 

DIY Hand Sanitizer

Some hand sanitizer just leave your hands dry. Try mixing your own sanitizer.

Ingredients:

15 drops tea tree essential oil
2 TB ethyl alcohol
3 TB Coco Vera

Just mix all the ingredients together or if you’re too lazy to for DIY, just mix Coco Vera with your Hand Sanitizer and voila! No more dry hands.

Coco Vera is available at Shopee.ph/dearberryphilippines. This amazing product only cost Php280 per tub of 300ml.

From employee to employer in 3 years

A lot of you already know that Miguel had been sick for a year.  Having a sick person at home can hurt you both emotionally and financially. We are very traditional when it comes to saving money. We save money thru our bank accounts. Though we have considered investing , we still haven’t decided yet the best investment for us. We tried real estate but I would say that  it’s not really an investment (unless you bought your house in cash) if “passive income” is what you are looking for. Especially when emergency arises.

I have had a good number of signature bags and shoes  that I had to sell online just so we can have enough funds while Migs was still recovering. It was the best choice to make instead of spending whatever money we have saved in the past. We both regret not listening to financial advisors who were very much willing to help us with our finances. We have made bad decisions and would like to be more secure of our future.

I have read so many financial books and all of them are very inspiring but took me hours/days to finish reading. When I received a copy of Don Soriano‘s Break free, I was excited to flip through the pages. The guaranteed 1 hour of reading triggered my curiosity. But it’s true! I read the book in 56 minutes. It’s just like spending a lunch break or your idle time learning.

What I love about the book is that it didn’t use jargon or words that might be difficult for someone who’s financially illiterate to understand. When I say illiterate, I don’t mean anything wrong with that – I just meant people who are clueless on where to put their hard-earned money, okay?

Majority of Filipinos can relate to Don Soriano’s story. He’s just like almost everyone of us. Normal person who earned a college degree (well except he is a CPA board top notcher) who entered the corporate world then shifted to putting up a business, buying things that he doesn’t need and ended up being broke.

I don’t want to tell you every single detail about him because I don’t want you to rely on this post alone and not read his book. LOL!

Grab a copy while you can. Find out how he managed to overcome his financial struggles. You may also reach out to him via his official Facebook Page.

I tell you, I have attended several seminars with different business owners, CEOs, etc and the seminars do not come cheap so, if you get the chance to learn a lot of things about finances just buy buying a book and spending just an hour to study it… You are saving lots of money! I am not saying that seminars are bad. I have built a network of career and business minded individuals from the seminars that I have attended, but if you are skeptical in spending money for a whole day of seminar – Don Soriano’s book may be a good start.

I can give this copy to one of our readers (that might just be you). Just let me know why you want to receive it by leaving a comment below. In case I won’t be able to pick you, you can read a chapter of this book for free, just click this link.

KanTalk: Dutertrolls Unite

We can’t believe that it has almost been a year since the last Presidential elections. Maybe some of you are very vocal with your Political views and may have lost friends along the way. We have also lost a handful of friends when we chose to campaign for the DuCay tandem (Duterte-Cayetano). Some raised eyebrows, some unfriended us or even blocked us after seeing a series of posts on our Social Media accounts. We also got caught up in some heated arguments which we do not take personally. We have our own bets, our own biases and we respect everyone the same way that we wanted to be respected.

But, we always stand up on our beliefs when needed. I (Alaine) never supported LP because I am not fully convinced with Ninoy’s heroism. One of my uncles was the one who carried his dead body at the airport along with other soldiers. They were all put to jail for more than 20 years. These soldiers  along with their family members suffered for two decades for a crime who knows who committed. When the late Cory Aquino became president due to snap elections, the Aquino-Galman case was not even resolved.

When Noynoy Aquino became our President, we didn’t post nasty things about him on our Social Media accounts, in fact  we did a lot of research about the things that he has done and still doing as our President. I would say some are impressive. But when these issues about Yolanda TyphoonHacienda Luisita, Lumad Killings,  and SAF44 took place, we began doubting his intentions.  Didn’t he promise that we, as citizens will be his boss? We were also turned off with how he enjoyed blaming the former President Gloria Macapal-Arroyo for every negative thing that has happened to our country.

When Duterte finally announced that he is running for President – just like every responsible citizen did, we researched. We asked people that we know from Davao City to make sure that the news about him are true. Miguel spent his teenage years in Taguig City sans our support for Cayetano.

We couldn’t fathom how and why would a certain political party would accuse a Social media influencer or blogger a troll for voicing out his or her opinions.

Quoting Atty. Darwin Cañete‘s facebook post last February 11, 2017.

Accusing President Duterte of paying bloggers betrays gross ignorance of the man. If he were to pay anyone, it would be mainstream media. Bloggers are, numbers aside, untested investments. A payolaed reporter guarantees column space and favorable airtime. Not to mention the guy is a notorious cheapskate and doesn’t care about what you write about him. Now, those anonymous anti-Duterte websites and pages? Someone funds them. You can bet your ass on that one. ”

Have they forgotten about Freedom of Expression?

We have so much respect for bloggers like Sass Rogando Sasot, Rj Nieto of Thinking Pinoy and Mocha Uson that we didn’t let the opportunity of joining them in a live KanTalk pass us by. It was a chance for us to learn more things about the Government and our Laws since one of the guests was Atty. Rose Beatrix “Trixie” Cruz-Angeles. Dra. Lorraine Marie Badoy, the newly appointed DSWD Assistant Secretary also graced the event.

KanTalk was the very first political event that we attended and we’re very thankful for the wisdom that were imparted to us. As Social Media influencers, they reminded us to respect other people’s freedom of expression whether or not they agree with our beliefs. Because at the end of the day, we are all Filipinos and should care for whatever is good for our country and the next generation.

Photo from Thinking Pinoy’s Facebook Page

We were also encouraged to take a stand on issues by calling the attention of our local government officers like Mayors and Congressmen. 95% of the attendees were professionals – Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers and Nurses to name a few.

Related Post: Let’s End the Real Estate Fraud

Contrary to what the other mainstream media reported, through the effort of RJ Nieto, Social Media influencers  (anti or pro Duterte) can sign up to be a member of Malacañang’s Social Media Press Corps.

It’s about time to prove who the real trolls are. Everyone should come out and stop hiding under the cloak of anonymity unless, they have a different intention other than making the Philippines a better country.

Disclaimer: Miguel and I were not compensated nor encouraged to write this post.

Fantastic Scents And Where To Buy Them

Hey, lovely wives! Have you decided what perfume or cologne to wear this Valentine’s day? If you’re like me who prefer perfume that are not too strong, I have some recommendations for you  that I am sure you and your husband will love.

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell

The scent is so delicate yet mesmerizing. Although it is quite pricey for a cologne ($130/100ml), it still is my favorite everyday scent. It’s so feminine and it smells like you just got off the shower.

Lanvin Eclat

I discovered this scent when one of my friends wore this on her Wedding day.  The scent is as elegant as its bottle. The scent is very warm and inviting. Your husband will definitely fall in love with you all over again.

Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline EDT

Florary and woody at the same time. Just the right smell to match a little red dress. I usually wear this scent whenever I have client meetings.

That ends my Top 3 recommended Valentine’s Scents. What about you?  Do you still rely on the current weather to choose which scent to wear? I used to do that too before I came across these three brands. Now, I don’t have to collect too many scents and end up not using them for a long time because either the scent is too “summery” or too formal for a lunch date. These scents are so versatile and can definitely be worn on any occasions.

There are some online stores selling these scents for discounted prices. My favorite online shop so far is The Leather House PH.

Order thru their Shopee account to avail free shipping fee and Cash on Delivery.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yes, I am childless and it’s none of your business

We live in a world where some people think that they can dictate the best time for you to get married and have kids. Where people are too quick to judge but never wanted to offer help.  It has always been my dream to walk down the aisle wearing a lace gown and carrying tulips. I dream of playing dress up with a baby girl, family trips and even envisioned yearly family photo ops.

Four years after our wedding and here we are sharing one roof with three rescued cats. My vision of having a “perfect family” never happened and I am not sure if it will ever happen. I have been frowned upon by some women when I told them that having babies is not on top of my priorities and was even labeled as a barren woman just because I chose to be childless. While Miguel was perfectly okay with it, I still came to a point when I became too desperate to have a baby. I ditched my contraceptive pills and we even considered adopting a relative’s kid. I was almost convinced that my life is worthless because I couldn’t bear a child. I struggled for months and I am just grateful that Miguel was there to constantly remind me that our marriage still matters to him even without kids. I realized that I should stop worrying about the things that I do not have control of. If I can’t have a baby naturally – then I should just let things be.

Last year, we visited an OB because I had an unusual menstrual cramps. Tests were made and I was told that I am healthy and can conceive anytime (fertile). I had mixed emotions. It came as a surprise because the idea of having a baby no longer excites me.

Two months later, I was not given a permit by our office physician to undergo an X-ray because my period was delayed for more than a month. I was so used to being carefree and not tracking my monthly cycle because I never experienced being pregnant. I was also busy working two jobs. I was helping a friend turned client for an almost pro-bono deal. I thought I was already pregnant but I wasn’t.

Had this happened to me two years ago, it would mean the world to me. I would have been depressed but after all that Miguel and I have been through, I could care less about what people think of me. This is my body, no one can dictate when I should have a baby or if I really should. Because a person who’s truly happy would be so busy minding their own businesses. The people who makes fun of childless couples are people who are inviting you to accompany them with their misery.

I am childless, but I am happy as I chose to be.

Celebrate LOVE month with TravelBook

If you’ve been reading our blog for some time, you already know that Miguel and I had been through a very challenging year and skipped on celebrating some special occasions like Valentine’s day. This year’s Valentine’s Day is going to be extra special because Miguel is already at the pink of health.  I would love to spend this year’s Valentine’s day in a Hotel within the Metro.  I don’t wanna travel that long and deal with our worsening traffic situation.

Miguel and I need some time off and just spend some quality time together, setting aside work and other stuff. Discovering new Hotels is one of the things that we enjoy as a couple. Disconnecting from the real world is healthy and it’s not necessary that you travel that far to do it. Especially that February 14 falls on a week day this year.

Photo courtesy of Sequoia Hotel

Do you have a favorite Hotel app that you usually use when booking hotels? My current favorite is TravelBook. What we love about TravelBook is the assurance that our Credit Card information is safe. You also have the option to pay at the Hotel!  User friendly app and website is also a plus for us. They have a lot of partner hotels and you’re sure to book a room for a discounted price that will suit your budget.  We recently signed up as an affiliate not just to earn additional money but also to let our readers know how convenient it is to book your next R and R thru TravelBook. If you notice, we do not write about products or services that we do not believe in. Did you know that you can get up to Php5,500 Hotel discount when you book a Hotel via TravelBook.ph? Enjoy these perks for this month’s Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City.

 

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What about you, guys? What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

 

 

This blog post is my official entry to TravelBook.ph’s Valentine’s Day Blog Contest. If you are a blogger, now’s the perfect time to be part of TravelBook Philippines affiliates by signing up at http://bit.ly/affiliatevday. We have explained on our previous blog how it works. 

 

 

 

Casa de Dios: Review

Have you guys attended a reunion lately? Miguel and I did last December 28, 2016. It was our first time as a couple to host a family event and it was exciting and nerve wrecking at the same time. We wanted a rustic themed reunion and it took us months to find the perfect venue.  Miguel came across Casa De Dios’ Facebook page. We were impressed with the photos and immediately had the venue pencil booked before we even had an ocular.

The owner, Nikko de Dios was very accommodating and patient.  I had to change the date of the event twice and didn’t even feel that he was upset. LOL! It wasn’t my intention to cause confusion, some family members just had some last minute requests that I had to consider.

Casa de Dios is located at 14 Cabrera Road, Brgy. Dolores, Taytay, Rizal. It’s about 30 minute drive from Ortigas Center. We booked the venue from 9:00 until midnight for only Php12,000.  The place is cozy and well maintained.  Ideal for intimate gatherings as it can only cater to 50 guests. Aside from the pool, they also have cabanas where you can dine or have some cocktail while chitchatting with your friends and loved ones. Their family room is big enough for 3 double beds. We took turns in taking naps that day. The balcony is not really child-friendly so, I suggest that  you keep your children off this area.

 

Everything at Casa de Dios is Instagram worthy. My photos doesn’t give this place much justice – you have to see it for yourself. I highly suggest this to people who are looking for a venue for their prenup photo shoot.

They have 3 parking slots so, I suggest car pooling. But if you really cannot avoid bringing your own car, you can safely park right across Casa de Dios ( outside the Memorial park ).

I am planning to hold a reunion with my High School friends and I am considering Casa de Dios for our venue.

Check out their Facebook page to stay updated with their promos and rates.

 

Don’t let your dishes drain your wallet

I have been loyal to a dish washing liquid brand for years but I thought trying out a new brand won’t do harm. Especially when it’s way cheaper than what I am currently using but produces the same result.  I hate washing the dishes ever since I was a kid so, I make sure that I do not spend more time doing this chore by using the right product to get the oil and grease off our dishes easily.

All dish-washing liquids in the market can get rid of oil and grease but for me, it’s the time consumed on washing the dishes that matters.  I’ve come across brands that are difficult to rinse off and that for me is not just time consuming but also a waste of precious water. Not ideal, right?

I am glad that I discovered Bubble Man dish washing liquid because I get to spend less time washing the dishes plus, I noticed that the fragrance doesn’t stay on our dishes which may add a weird taste to our food.

Bubble Man dish washing liquid comes in three variants, Antibacterial, Lemon and Kalamansi. I have a thing for anti bacterial products so, It looks Bubble Man and I are going to have a very long relationship.

I prefer using concentrated dish washing liquid but if you prefer a bubble solution, you can mix Bubble Man dish washing liquid with water and additional ingredients such as glycerin and sugar. Yup, it’s that simple.

Did you know that Bubble Man is a proudly PINOY made budget friendly,highly effective kitchen,food premises cleaner and degreaser, safe on virtually all surfaces?

Bubble Man dish washing liquid is now available in all leading supermarket and groceries nationwide. Visit their Facebook page to stay updated with their current promos.

OPPO F1s: Capturing Philippines

I spent 20+ years in Antipolo but it was only when I got older that I truly appreciate my hometown. I left Antipolo when I decided to become independent at the age of 21. Whenever I come home, I always see improvements in the city that has helped me become who I am now.  I can travel the whole world but I will always come home to my hometown. It will always be my favorite destination. Antipolo City became known because of the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage and “Hinulugang Taktak“. A lot of my relatives and friends visit the Antipolo Cathedral whenever they have business trips abroad or when they finally decided to migrate somewhere else. It has been a culture for some people to seek guidance on their trips at the Cathedral. It is also the perfect destination for people who just bought brand new cars for a test drive and even “car blessing”.

What’s not to love about Antipolo? The weather is perfect for flowers to bloom but not too cold to enjoy a pool party with friends. The famous Pinto Art Museum where countless numbers of prenup photo shoots took place can be found in Antipolo. The city is also slowly transforming into a foodie destination because of the restaurants and coffee shops that pops up here and there. Antipolo is the best alternative for Tagaytay when you want to have a garden wedding but wouldn’t want to travel for hours. My husband and I tied the knot in Callospa Resort last 2012 and our wedding was picture perfect!

Last weekend, we discovered Cafe Agusta a newly opened Coffee shop at the heart of the city and it’s overlooking view of Metro Manila is breathtaking! I couldn’t help but snap photos. Good thing I have my Oppo F1s with me. I am so in love with it’s 16-megapixel front camera because I don’t need to ask strangers to take photos of Migs and I. I even posted a short video clip of our view on our Instagram account.

How about you? What’s your favorite destination? We’d love to hear from you.

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