Frugal Honey

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Dealing with Gestational Diabetes

I’ll be 35 weeks pregnant by tomorrow and I’d like to believe that I’m handling my gestational diabetes tremendously well, which basically means I haven’t caved in and scarfed down a whole pizza pie or chocolate cake (although I really, really want to!!!).

The great news is I have been able to keep my blood glucose numbers in check with dietary changes so my endocrinologist will no longer prescribe meds or insulin. However, I still have to continue monitoring my blood sugar level an hour after meals. When I first consulted my endocrinologist, she required me to take blood readings before and after meals, but my pre-meal readings were consistently normal so I have graduated to taking readings only after meals. Yay me!

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Pregnancy Update: 30 Weeks

Just 8-10 more weeks to go before I give birth to my son and things are moving steadily along, but with tiny bumps along the way.

I still commute to and from work even if I get tired so much faster now. However, I power through it because it’s currently my only form of exercise. I conserve most of my energy for work and even then, I just stay seated most of the time because walking around tires me out and I want to save my energy for the commute back home. Weekends are for resting and checkups, that’s why I’ve accepted that I have to dial down on my activities for the next few months (which is why I had to beg off from the Belle de Jour talks next week).

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How to Do Interbank Fund Transfer using the Landbank Mobile Banking App

I would have done this review of Landbank’s Mobile Banking app earlier except that my smartphone ran out of internal memory and the external memory I added was useless, so I couldn’t download the app. I resigned myself to the fact that I would have to make do with Landbank iAccess using my desktop and really, it wasn’t such a bad deal because iAccess addressed most of my banking needs, except for the interbank fund transfer.

But just recently, an officemate downloaded the Landbank mobile app and I was ecstatic to discover that interbank fund transfer was possible using the app! And so I reassessed the existing apps on my phones and deleted the ones I didn’t use (I’m talking about you Grab…) and also deleted photos and other nonsense that my phone would automatically save. To make a long story short, I now use the Landbank Mobile Banking app and it has made my banking chores so much easier.

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How to Get a Police Clearance from Paranaque City

I recently had to apply for a police clearance from Paranaque and I took a leave from work just to get this done in anticipation of the long lines and the usual time consuming, patience reducing ordeal when it comes to applying for any government document. But I was pleasantly surprised to find out that getting a police clearance was actually a painless and hassle-free experience! Good job to our Philippine National Police and the Paranaque city government for a very efficient and streamlined operation! Read up for the details.

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Kasambahay Insurance

I don’t remember a time when we did not have a kasambahay.

Growing up in my grandparents’ house in Zamboanga, we always had kasambahays who helped my Lola cook and keep house. The kasambahays were usually distant relatives whom my grandparents were putting through school, or non-relatives who offered their services in exchange for the chance to go to school. I’m proud to say though that unlike Lola Pulido, my grandparents never treated any of their kasambahays as slaves since aside from schooling, the kasambahays also received salaries.

My aunts also took on this practice and would accept young girls as kasambahays precisely because they wanted to put them through school. I don’t remember my own parents doing this though, but that was mostly because our own kasambahays were already in their 30s or 40s when they would go to us.

I have my own kasambahay now who not only looks after my son, but also cooks and cleans for my small family. So yes, having a kasambahay has always been my norm. But that’s not to say that I’ve never felt unease over it.

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