Beeeday and Mom Day

>> Sunday, May 17, 2009

May 2007, I spent my birthday in St. Louis, Missouri since I was out of the country.

May 2008, there was a triple celebration. My brother graduated from college, it was mom's day and my birthday. We spent it swimming with a few of my cousins and mom's friends.

This year, 2009, I opted to celebrate it with my family. My mom wants to cook but I told her that we should go out and dine.

I challenged them for 2 games of bowling. ^_^ ahaha! And I lost.

Then we went to Kenny Rogers for dinner.

I used to order their solo plates but this night we tried their Healthy Plate and Protein Plate. I love their salad and the rosted chicken. I only spent less than Php1,000.00 for those. 2 Healthy Plates and 2 Protein Plates. It includes salad, chicken, fruits, muffin and ice tea. I also ordered extra side dishes of corn and carrots and baked cheese macaroni. For the dessert we ordered Chocolate mouse.

Happy Eatin'!


How much do you Spend at your Birthday?

>> Monday, May 11, 2009

Pinoys have this culture of always celebrating. We have a numerous holidays, fiestas around the country and birthdays are not excluded in the celebrations. Birthday celebrations now adays are not cheap. If you have a lot of friends with different group denominations, it can even get more expensive. Barkadas can require you to have a drinking session at a bar or maybe a video-oke over night at your house.

You celebrate with your family, you celebrate at your office and you celebrate with your friends. With the financial crisis worldwide and job lay-offs here and there, one could not help but to think twice in spending their hard earned moolah.

This year, my birthday happens to be on a Monday so I have applied for a vacation Leave from work. Last Thursday May 7, I advance celebrated my birthday at the office with some of my close friends. (Charm! sori.. di ko alam kung nasan ka). Mga mare ko'y pagpatawad nyo na ako kung ako'y nagkukuripot. ^_^ I was able to spend only less than 2 thou. Gemma helped me call a Pancit bihon delivery for 1 bilao good for 20 persons where we spent PhP890.00. Then I bought a Strawberry Cake from Goldilocks for PhP305.00. I also added 2 whole Roasted Chicken bought at the supermarket for PhP 135.00 each. Then Sese, Gemma and Mitzi contributed 2 gallons of ice cream, a pistachio and chocolate flavored. Thanks mga mare! ^_^ Nabusog naman sila.

I am not sure on celebrating my birthday with my soul sisters-Remyxx since I have not heard from them for a long time. Mae is in US. Hazel and Ivy are busy with work. While Mhe-ann and Lucky are preparing for their weddings.

Today, the day of my birthday, I would like it to be very simple. I would only celebrate it with my family. Maybe cook a simple dinner. I am budgeting around 2 thousand. This is enough for me to celebrate it with my love ones.


How to Date for Less than 1K pesos

Yeah, you heard it right. Sa hirap ng buhay ngayon, ang bonding moments eh hindi naman dapat magastos. Simpleng lagalag lang at chikka pwede na dapat sa mag jowa. ^_^

Last night, my hon and I decided to go to Glorietta Mall. We rode a taxi to get there. Ikot ikot ng konti then found ourselves wandering sa Timezone. It has been years since I last played a game in Timezone. Medyu napag iwanan na pala ako kasi noon kelangan mo pang bumili ng coins but now Swipe Cards na ang gamit. At reloadable pa! ^_^

We played racings games, air table tennis and belted our lungs out in videoke lounges. We only spent PhP200 for the Reloadable TimeZone PowerCards.

For Dinner, we ate at Wendy's and chowed on Biggie Meal Combo for less than PhP500.
Sa sobrang busog ko sa fries and frosty, inuwi ko na lang kay bro yung Burger ko.

end of log.


How to Budget for Food

>> Saturday, May 2, 2009

Here are some good tips on stretch your Food money.
1. Buy foods in season for they are cheaper than out-of-season foods.
2. Make a list of what you will buy before leaving for the grocery or market.
3. Check your supplies while making out your shopping list.
4. If your budget is limited, don't buy luxury items on impulse.
5. Buy perishable foods only as you need them.
6. Buy food of good quality.
7. It is cheaper to buy basic supplies like rice, sugar, salt, oil and seasonings in large amounts.
8. Compare prices in different market stalls or grocery stores.
9. Buy only as much as the family can eat.
10. You can use evaporated milk instead of fresh milk in some menu.
11. In buying canned or bottled goods, read the labels carefully.
12. You can use other protein-rich foods like tofu, beans or eggs in some dishes instead of meat.
13. To avoid waste, cook just enough food for meal and serve small to medium portions.
14. It is all right to buy in large quantities if the price is less, provided you have space for proper storage.
15. Plan meal for several days at one time.
16. If you can not be home for every meal, carry foods or "baon" with you.
17. Try to minimize waste in food preparation.
18. If you have time and space, grow some vegetables you need in the garden.
19. If you have oven, make your own bread, cookies and cakes.
20. Use margarine instead of butter for it is cheaper and more healthful.
21. If buying vegetables, check the color and buy only what you can use right away.
22. Buy at a convenient time. If you are in a hurry, you will do your shopping randomly, thereby wasting both time and money.

Source: Best Recipes For The Home

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