Friday, June 15, 2012

Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

I will start this off by saying that I am in no way an expert in these things. A few people have teased me about having lots of resources because they see me going on trips frequently. The truth is, they probably have more finances than I have. I live on my office laptop (my personal laptop was broken and I haven't gotten around to fixing it), I'm smarter than my phone (my phone is solely made for calling and texting), I have no extra gadgets except for that small mp3 player which I can no longer find, and I eat my favorite tuna rice, pancit canton, and Ministop chicken for dinner at least once a week. See! So who has more moolah now? :) And no, I am not complaining. I am happier with my lifestyle now than a few years back when I first started working.

The difference between you and me are our priorities. I have long realized that I loved walking inside ROX than poking at bags inside designer shops. I was happier when I got my P2K bike from Evangelista than the times when I get myself a pair of new shoes. It starts with knowing your priorities.

In an attempt to join PTB's Blog Carnival for June, I came up with the 3P's.

1. Prioritize

“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.” -- H.L. Hunt
Deciding that you really want something means pushing that thing on top of your priority list. As for me, I have long decided that this "thing" is being outside and experiencing places. Three years ago, when I was still unsure, shoes, clothes, bags, and weekend dine-outs were a regular part of my monthly budget. When it finally dawned on me that I was happier when I put my money where my heart is, I have removed these from my list and only bought things on a per need basis. 

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Sagada and The Double Rainbow High

The first time I saw a double rainbow, I cried.

Hello electric cable wires
I would not have been that emotional if the setting was somewhere else, but of all places that two rainbows could pop up, it had to be in Sagada. This is a small town up in the Mountain Province whose charm has captivated me ever since I first set foot in December 2008. I went with three of my friends and even while we were still on the way to the town proper, I was already swept away by the amazing view of pine trees and rice terraces.