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Kimchee by Shogun

Kimchee by Shogun
It’s been a while since I posted something about food. Well, not that we don’t go out (we actually eat out often nowadays) but I don’t feel like sharing them unless it’s really something that standout for me.

We found ourselves in Satwa for 2 consecutive weekends – isn’t it obvious that we miss our old neighbourhood? I am surprised that a lot has change in that area since I last visited. There’s now Jollibee, Andoks chicken and a building called Manila! Where am I hiding?

Anyways, we tried Jollibee the weekend before and last Friday, it was this Korean/Japanese restaurant called Kimchee by Shogun.

I’m really craving for Korean food last week and the only Korean restaurant that we go to – that’s HYU – moved to Jumeirah Lakes Towers. I’m not in the mood to drive as the distance from my place to JLT is like going to work already. No chance. (more…)

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The Wealthy Pinay Meetup

I have this idea for few months now and I really think it’s time!

I want a meetup!

Since I started the Wealthy Pinay series, my desire to meet like-minded Pinays intensifies. I want to have a chat with fellow Filipinas and just talk about positivity, taking control of our finances, manifesting the lives we would like to have and maybe discuss my free money blocks course.

For practicalities, definitely this will be in Dubai as I don’t want to travel to Manila just for a 2-hour meetup. (more…)

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Money Blocks (with a FREE mini-course to release them)

This post is part of The Wealthy Pinay series wherein I will talk about goal-setting, normalizing wealth and using positivity to achieve all our goals.

Today we will talk about Money Blocks, and I know you’re thinking “What’s that???”

If you prefer to read, continue below.

On my last video, we were talking about Law of Attraction, which in essence states that whatever thought you continuously feed into your mind will definitely happen. Whatever you believe in will be your reality. That’s Law of Attraction.

It doesn’t matter how positive your outlook in life is, I am a very positive person too yet from time to time, I will be triggered by a thought telling me that my dream is not possible for me.

I have my own set of money blocks that have to deal with. (more…)

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Recovering from Holidays

You will think that coming back from holidays will make one relax, rejuvenated and ready to face the world again with energy!

Well, that’s what I thought as well until I come back and dive into the real world.

When you’re on holidays, everything is fun.
You eat without thinking of calories, and forget exercise.
We just buy stuff and do all these services justifying that it’s cheaper.
We sleep late and wake-up late.
The only major decision to think about is what to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

So you see, our brain (and our body) is in 7th heaven, just pure bliss!

Then you come back from holidays.

If you’re like me, you will go back to work immediately after landing. With only around 4 hrs of sleep.
You will try to survive the day with 8 cups of coffee.
And although your colleagues will complement how glowing you are with all that sunshine and tan you got (if you have nice officemates, they will not talk about your weight gain), deep inside you are like a zombie.

Thinking that it’s just jetlag, you try to adjust to the new timezone for a week.
But it has been 2 weeks now.
And you still feel sluggish and down.

THAT’S WHAT I’M FEELING PEOPLE!

I’m trying to kick-out this feeling by watching inspirational videos.
Psyching myself that all is good and I have a great job.
Family is all healthy. Life is excellent!

Today while driving to work I keep on telling myself that I am rich, healthy and happy.
That it is safe for me to have everything that my heart desires.
My Lord is a very giving God.
Seek and it shall be given to you.

Yesterday, I was reminded how being positive can move mountains.
You know how I love being a life coach to people who is willing to listen, right?
And one of those people is my friend Joy. She is always willing to listen to me.
And I love how I can share my ‘Law of Attraction’ knowledge to her.

Then yesterday, when I was on my lowest, she called me and said how our talks late last year had made so many positive results in her life.
She practiced the things I told her and keep on reminding herself to stay positive and just believe.
I felt like I snapped from my slump and realized that I should practice more what I preach.

Instead of feeling low for not getting the things how I want them, or getting them not soon enough – and being guilty about it, I should be thankful and grateful for everything that has happened and believe that there are more good things coming into my way.

Forget August being the ghost month. Claim that the rest of the year will be your time to be the best!
List down all the things you want to achieve before 2017 ends.
Let the positive energy flow into you while you’re writing things down.
Smile, be thankful, feel the joy.

Read this list every week if not everyday.
Just believe, believe, believe!

And then receive all these blessings with open arms. Woohoo!
Thank you God!

 

 

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Hong Kong Trip – July 2017

You might know that there’s 20 of us who went to Hong Kong last 12th July.

And let me tell you that it ain’t easy. I planned the itinerary myself because I reckon booking through a travel agent will be more expensive. Besides, I don’t plan to visit all the top tourist spots in Hong Kong anyways.
I’m more interested in food rather than culture.

Here’s what I have drafted and shared with my siblings: (more…)

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2nd Year of Blogging

I still yet to share our Hong Kong trip but I’m still on Day 1 and we were there for 5 days so it might take some time before I can really publish it.

Today I realized that July is Filipina Expat’s anniversary month. I think I posted my first post in Jul4 24, 2015.
I have to go through my posts to check.

And I wonder, should I write a meaningful article? Any touching anecdotes? Should I do a giveaway?
Just something to commemorate my 2nd year of blogging.
But I can’t think of anything. And I really don’t want to do anything.

We landed in Dubai last Sunday and with just 3 hours of sleep, I went straight to work.
Had to dive on hundred of emails and issues in the office.
On my spare time, the only thing I want to do is sleep.

But when I realized this morning that it’s my anniversary month, I thought I have to at least write something.
I can maybe write about my personal events from  July 2016 up to date.
What happened to me? What changed?

Professionally, nothing changed. I’m still doing the same job but with the change of office management my role becomes more challenging in a good way. I have more freedom to do the things my way, and my boss just basically let me manage the office how I want it. That’s good.

Personally, of course you are aware that I set-up my own nail salon in the Philippines in February 2016. My sister is managing it. So far so good. We’re still on learning phase, figuring out how to manage our staff, expenses and sales.
Being an Overseas Filipino for more than a decade, having a business feels like something good came out of all those years.

I’m not  guru for sure but you can read how I started here.

On my blogging life, I’ve been more quiet in social media this year.
Not that I lose interest, I’m still as passionate in blogging as when I started.
But sharing what I write is not something that I am keen to do.

Most of my posts nowadays are personal. I write mostly for myself  because I want to and not because I need to.
You can read it on the blog but I don’t want to share it on social media.

I don’t even want to share what I have eaten, places I’ve visited or things that I purchased on Facebook or Instagram
Nothing bad to say to those who share. I actually enjoy reading other’s escapades but I don’t feel sharing my own life out there.

How ironic considering I’m sharing a lot of personal thoughts on this blog now.
But I don’t think my family nor friends read my blog. They just see what I want to share on social media.
Which is fine by me.
Because writing becomes an outlet to share my thoughts without needing to explain anything to anyone.
Yes, I might get judged but these people who will judge me are people whom I don’t know.
I don’t really care.

But if I share it on Facebook, chances are high that my post will be read my relatives and then I might need to explain.
Which I don’t want to do. So majority of my posts lately are just published on the blog.

I also stopped attending media events. Unless it’s a personal invite, I rarely go.
I think I only attended 3 events this past year, all were in support of fellow Filipino bloggers and business.

Now that I’m into my 2nd year of blogging, what am I looking forward to?
Hmmmnn… nothing much.
I would like to focus more on getting rich, both materially and all aspects in my life.
And I would like to share the journey with you.

I’d like to increase our investment, have another SLIAN NAILS branch, maybe buy another property.
I would like to focus on being healthy and watch what I eat.
It would be nice to travel more countries this year.
I want to inspire more women of not getting afraid being wealthy.

As I keep on saying, money won’t changed you. It would just amplify who you are already.

So I would like to share my life with you. Maybe you can learn a thing or two from my journey.
Both from my achievements and mistakes.
And together we can rule the world. Choz!

 

Have a good weekend!

 

 

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How to Deal with Sadness and Depression

I’m back in Dubai and catching up with my work mails. As much as I want to tell you stories of our Hong Kong trip and adventures in the Philippines, I don’t have time.

I’m not depressed nor sad but I was notified by Facebook that someone shared this post from my other blog. I re-read it and still find it relevant so why not share again 🙂
I just made some typo and grammar edits (although for sure it’s still not perfect)

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How to Deal with Sadness and Depression
06 Feb 2016

My gosh! My last post was in October!!! What happened? Real life kicks in. I am busy with work, family, my mom visiting us in Dubai, holidays. Reasons! Reasons! I know.

But what made me decide to write today? It’s something I read on my Facebook timeline.
I don’t understand why some people dish their dirty laundry, angry outbursts and sad sentiments on social media. Why?!
Well, maybe some people are more emotional than others and they don’t really care if readers will have an opinion of them afterwards.
As a reader, we can always un-friend them if they make us feel negative. But since I’m a tsismosa, I don’t.

Anyways, going back to my Facebook friend. She is an Overseas Filipino in UAE and left her husband and kids in the Philippines to earn a living. She just came back from her vacation back home and is now depressed despite being surrounded with friends. And she said she can’t understand why.

To be honest, I felt sad after reading her post. I felt a certain degree of empathy. Not because I am missing my kids (they are with me) but because I have felt sadness and depression before. I still experience it from time to time. Sometimes it is just a fleeting moment but there are times it lingers longer than usual. And it ain’t fun.

So how to deal with sadness and depression? For me there are two steps. If you can perfect these two things, you can get out of it in a snap and will turn around your life completely.

1. Think positively

What?!? That’s it??? YES. That’s it. 

As I keep on telling you my friend, thinking positively will alter your life completely. Thoughts become things. The Universe gives us the energy that we vibrate, may it be positive or negative. You’re feeling sad and drowning with sorrow, don’t expect to get out of it very soon unless you change your mindset. Honestly, no one can really help you unless you change your outlook.

It doesn’t matter how beautiful and sensible your family and friends advices are to help you get out of your depression. They won’t help. What will help is your attitude. Nothing else.

2. Plan and Take Action

Ok. That’s two steps, right? But I will just consider it as one, as planning without action is futile and taking action without planning it first is doomed.

What causes your depression? Is it your weight? Is it money? Is it your relationship? Is it your work? Is it health? Or it could be a combination of these things.

This is what I want you to do. Take down a notebook and a pen and write down your thoughts about that ‘thing’ that makes you depressed or sad.

Example:

“I’m so sad I am away with my family and I need to earn a living away from them. Our circumstances won’t allow me to go back home very soon. I think I’ll spend long years in this country and my children will grow up without me.”

“I cannot recover with my loan and credit card debts. I am trying my very best to get out of it. I am constantly saving and spending less but it’s not enough. Banks are calling me now for late payments and started to threaten me with legal actions.”

“I’m 36 and still no husband and kid. I want to settle down soon.”

“My boss is from hell and going to work is like going to a warzone. But there is no way I can resign. I need money right now and although I am looking for a new job, there are no calls. I hate my life!”

 

Is this the story of your life? I can feel you. One way or another, I’ve been there. And the feeling is not good, I know. I’ve also cried out of depression. Hated life. Hated myself. Even now, from time to time. I feel sad but I just practice what I preach and to be honest with you – it make wonders.

Going back, after writing that ‘thing’, imagine you are the friend of a person who experiences that ‘thing’. What will be your advice to him/her? Write it down. Why am I asking you to do this? Because I want you to use your brain rather than your heart in looking into your problem. Whenever we give advice to our dear friends, we are always reasonable. We always enlighten our sad friend with words of wisdom which is practical and logical. I want you to do that with your self. Be logical.

And the good thing about being logical is you can always find a solution. The solution is all about taking in-charge.

The root cause of our depression is the feeling of being powerless. We feel that we are stuck in our situation and there is no way out. That our circumstances won’t change. And even though we are trying our best to get out of it, we feel we’re still doomed.

But if you start thinking logically, you know it is not true. There is always a way out. Planning is one way of winning the battle and taking action will surely lead us out of our situation and into our goal.

Let’s take for example my Facebook friend. She’s depressed because of loneliness. She’s away with her family because she needs to earn a living. I think if she focuses more of taking in-charge of the situation rather than feeling a victim of circumstances, everyday will become an opportunity to change her life.

And what are the ways to take charge of the situation? In her case, she can:

* Call her children and husband every time there is an opportunity. Talk to them through Skype, Viber, Messenger and whatever means of being connected.

* Be involved in school activities or child-rearing by still giving her inputs. May it be on what the kids will wear on school program or where to buy it. What will be their school snacks. Just being involved.

* Talk to husband and tell him that they need to be align on saving and spending. This is the most important part of being an overseas worker. If you want to return back home as early as you can, then you have to be wise spending your salary and finding other ways to earn.

* She needs to set a timeline until when she needs to work abroad based on how much she saved already. For example, if she can save this X amount of money for 1 year, she can then start a small business. This business will augment her salary. She can then work for another 2 years saving the same amount of cash if not more. She’s giving herself total of 3 years then. Based on her circumstances it could be longer but at least she knows that there is an end of her overseas life. It won’t be forever. Because she is taking control both of her finances and her emotions.

And taking control of your emotions and actions will empower you. You are not just drifting with life. You are in charge.

And planning and taking action apply in all facets of your life. May it be about your weight, your work life, your relationship. List down the things that you can control, both your emotions and tangible things. You are depressed at work? Have a horrible boss? Then write down the good things that your company gives you. That you have a steady income. You found good friends. You’re just 30 minutes away from work.

Find the positive things in your circumstances but at the same time start looking for ways to get out of your situation. Spend 30 minutes a day to look jobs online. Or aggressively save to start your own business. Once you set a goal, going to work won’t be as bad. It will be an opportunity to earn and learn.

Remember: There is always a way out! 

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Food trip plan while on holidays

The family will fly this Thursday for 2-weeks holiday and I’m looking forward to just take a break.

I’m quite stressed this past few days and taking some time off would be good for my mental health. Aside from my brother’s wedding and our trip to Hong Kong, I have no other plans on this trip. Oh actually, the only plan is to eat, eat and eat.

That’s why I’m trying to lose weight drastically (I know that’s bad) so I can afford to gain a lot and not end up looking like an elephant after.

I already have an idea of what and where I want to eat. (more…)

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Relaxing Friday

I was supposed to do some shopping for the salon yesterday.
But the almost 50 C temperature is turning me into an old asparagus lately.
Around 2pm, I knew that there’s no chance we will venture out so I decided to just go to our neighborhood salon.

The idea is to have pedicure and facial.
I try to do my toenails done every 2 weeks and have facial once a month.
And it’s been months since I visited a salon.
It’s about high time!

While browsing the menu, Simply Beauty has some combo offers.
Moroccan bath and Facial for AED 250 and 30-minute Foot massage and Pedicure for AED 100.
Hmmm… not bad.
And the most important question I always ask – how long are these treatments?

Moroccan and facial will be 2 hours, foot massage and pedicure is another hour.
Should be fine. Gibson and kids were having a nap and they would only missed me for 1 hour or less.
So let the pampering begin! (more…)

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My thoughts in 2015 – Revisited

I have been browsing my draft folders to see if there’s a blog post I can continue working on so I can just publish it.
Then I found this:

Five things I’m thinking today

1. When will I stop being employed and start my own business?

2. Need to fill-up our Italian visa application.

3. Waaah! Tita Beth left for good. Who’s in charge now?

4. Can I just shop without thinking of a budget?

5.

 

This is very amusing for me.

The draft is dated November 28, 2015.
I reckon the reason I didn’t publish this was because I can’t think of a 5th point, and then day ended.
If I continue working on it the next day then I’m not only thinking about these things that day but also the following day.
So it’s not only today. Get it? (more…)

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