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Budgeting & Saving

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    Sayonara Kyoto!

    I’ve been looking forward to our July trip to Osaka & Kyoto for months now. In fact, I’ve talked about Japan so much that my friends and family are probably sick of hearing about it. But lately I’ve been feeling uneasy over the trip because of the possibility that we may not be able to […] Read more…

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    How to Open a BPI Save Up Account

    One of the easiest way to save money, be it for your emergency funds, future travel, dream bag etc, is to automate it. The idea is to whisk money straight from your account into a separate account that’s intended for a special purpose, this way, there will be less temptation to get your grubby hands […] Read more…

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Debt Management

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    How to Defeat Debt For Good

    I was in Quezon City for a meeting yesterday and my husband went with me since he also had some business to attend to in the area. My meeting ended at about 3pm, but with the almost 3 hour travel time that we endured just to get to Quezon City from Paranaque, I thought twice […] Read more…

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    How To Waive Credit Card Annual Fees

    A few days ago, I asked for the reversal of my credit card’s annual fee of Php2,250. Yesterday, I received a text message saying that my request for reversal was not approved but that they hoped I would still continue using the credit card so that I can qualify for waiver next year. In your […] Read more…

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Financial Literacy

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    On Advocacies and Randell Tiongson

    This March, in celebration of Women’s Month, the city government of Taguig and our office, organized a series of talks to empower, educate and entertain the women of Taguig. We included financial literacy/education for this year’s lecture series and the first person on my list to deliver the talk was Randell Tiongson. It’s only fair […] Read more…

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    Making It Official

    This certificate, together with the membership card and a pack of calling cards, was delivered today. There you have it, I’m officially a Registered Financial Planner. Yay me! Now what the hell am I going to do with this new credential?! I ran a free financial coaching contest a few weeks back and since people […] Read more…

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Investing & Retirement

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    Sun Life Prosperity Card

    A few months back, I received a message that one of the entries I entered for Sun Life’s Sinag Financial Literacy Awards made it as a finalist. Of course I was very, very thrilled! Sun Life is a game changer in the life insurance landscape and probably the biggest supporter of financial literacy in the […] Read more…

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    My Son, the Investor

    For his birthday this year, my son received some cash from his godparents. Instead of starting a savings account or spending it on toys, I opted to open a stocks brokerage account for him since I’ve always entertained the thought of buying stocks in my son’s name considering that the yield is far superior than […] Read more…

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Life & Money

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    Frugaling Your Way to Smooth and Healthy Skin

    Skin care and the quest for clear skin are two things I’ve devoted significant energy to, specially in my old beauty blog. With my oily and acne-prone skin, I experimented with countless products just to get clear, smooth and artista-like skin. Ten million years later, I’m still nowhere near an Anne Curtis complexion but you […] Read more…

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    RCBC Bankard All in Rewards Online

    I’ve talked about credit card rewards points several times in my blog and I have made no secret about my dismay at how sad our rewards system is, specially when compared with the US. Seriously, they get hundreds and thousands of airline miles just for signing up with a credit card and I get about […] Read more…

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My Financial Journey

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    2016 1Q Net Worth Report + A Confession

    I’m going to make quick work of last quarter’s net worth report by saying that nothing much changed because whatever gains I might have made by paying down my debt to my parents, were offset by the depreciation of my car. My investments also didn’t post any significant change, which in a way is comforting […] Read more…

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    Sayonara Kyoto!

    I’ve been looking forward to our July trip to Osaka & Kyoto for months now. In fact, I’ve talked about Japan so much that my friends and family are probably sick of hearing about it. But lately I’ve been feeling uneasy over the trip because of the possibility that we may not be able to […] Read more…

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Psychology of Money

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    Running and Personal Finance

    I’ve always had a difficult relationship with running. On paper it would seem as if we’d get along well because I’m an introvert who shies away from team sports. I even participated in track and field competitions during highschool intramurals, and was a member of the track and field team for a few months. A […] Read more…

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    Why Throwing Money at a Problem Hardly Ever Works

    A funny thing happened at work a few weeks ago during budget deliberation. After my boss made an impassioned plea about the government actually doing something to help the education sector, specifically higher education, instead of merely declaring it a priority with no concomitant action, a senator offered to increase the budget of the Commission […] Read more…

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