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Let’s Play Series:Dwarf on a Wharf

Do you need a break? Do you want to throw stuff around to release stress and frustration? Then try playing “Dwarf on a Wharf”! In this game, you get to slingshot dwarves from the wharf and into the ship. Try it! –Michael Sumulong

Save Money Series: Mindless Saving Tips

Don’t you just feel a little bit deprived whenever you realize that it’s scrimp time? I do, and I feel so “api”…huhuhu! But I do realize that saving is an important financial exercise that we all need to subscribe to as early as possible. Not only will it help us become financially secure in our old age, but it can also allow us to retire young. Yey!

And so I decided I’ll cheat myself into saving. Hihihi! Yup, I do cheat myself through five simple mindless saving tips. A note of caution though: I can easily cheat myself, thus simple things like this work for me. I am not so sure if this will work for you, but you can always try. (Wink!)

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Healing Herb Series: Gotu Kola

Now this post is for the beauty-conscious, which I admittedly am…and it’s all my dad’s fault.

When I was young, I would see my dad making faces at the mirror and I would laugh endlessly because he looks like a monster! He would dare me to copy him and we’ll have a contest on who looks more frightening. Of course he wins hands down. Hihihi! Making faces at the mirror is actually what he calls “facial exercises” and he said that it would help me stay youthful for a long, long time. I used to laugh about my dad’s so-called facial exercises until I saw Cory Quirino doing the same thing on TV, claiming that it is one of her beauty secrets. That made me sit down and watch her interview. She said that aside from wrinkles, women are also troubled with varicose veins as they grow old…specially those who have taken contraceptive pills. She added that this can be remedied by sclerotherapy, but it can be quite costly. Then out of nowhere, my dad appeared from behind and muttered “gotu kola lang yan”. Since I was a teenager then and varicose veins are the least of my concerns, I did not press for more info…until now.

I figured I’d feature a beauty herb this week; so, I immediately sat my dad down for an interview about gotu kola’s health benefits. I got more than I bargained for. I think you’ll agree with me when you get to read my dad’s sharing on gotu kola. Read more »

Save Money Series: Get Rid of Your Credit Card Debts

When I got regularized from my first job, the first thing I did was to apply for a credit card. At that time, I was a lot sillier than I was now (hahaha…sure), and I felt that having a credit card represents my being a young professional. Naks! I know, I know…babaw! Hihihi!

As I rose from the ranks, my initial BPI Mastercard was joined by Citibank Visa, and eventually by BPI WorldPerks Mastercard. While I haven’t maxed them all out, I already saw red lights ahead. At one point, I felt like I was keeping my job to pay off my cards; oh, such a horrible position to be in! And so, I start my Save Money Series with the perennial problem of credit card debts. I listed below some ideas, both serious and bizarre, to help you get out of the rut. Oh, I finally got out of the vicious cycle…but it took me quite a long time. I hope the list below will help you handle your credit line better and get you out of the rut in record time. Read more »

Healing Herbs: Luyang Dilaw

My dad usually brews luyang dilaw and I am guilty of totally ignoring it….until I went to Paris. It is true that Parisians are wine drinkers, but not all of them, and not all the time. Since I usually kill time before fetching my husband from work, I usually just sit in a cafe and indulge in people watching…mainly because I don’t have too much euros to burn. Hihihi!

I have observed that Parisians are fond of ordering ginger tea after meals. Restaurants even have ginger apple tea in their menu and it is considered a specialty. Of course, I didn’t order the special tea. It’s something like 8.50 euros, roughly 510 pesos…quite expensive for a cup of tea. Curious as a cat, I ordered the plain ginger tea instead and hoped that it will be well worth my 5.00 euros. My order came in an elegant tea cup and I was also given honey to go with it. And my, it was delicious! At that moment, I remembered my dad and his ginger tea that I usually hide from. I vowed to join him in his tea sessions when I get back…since his are free and comes with honey too.

I have always suspected that there’s more to his tea sessions than meets the eye. And well, I was right! I interviewed him about his ginger tea and this is what he said: Read more »