My Presidential Candidate for 2016

Every day the political campaign is getting intense, from local to national candidates and even their supporters are very active in posting in their social media accounts their own opinion and views regarding this matter.

As I scroll my browser every day half of my friends are posting about their favorite bets for the Philippines Election this coming May 2016. Some have really engaged in a heated conversation and would strike below the belts.

I agreed that we have different opinions and expectations to our bets and I think that sometimes our decisions are influenced by different factors. I just don’t like people who will make fun of candidates who don’t have a soft spot in their hearts.

It looks like Mayor Duterte will win grand slide in the Philippine Presidential Election. He’s charm captivates the hearts of Filipinos and who wouldn’t want a peaceful and zero or lesser crime rate? We always wanted to be safe and secured including our family and loved ones. It is one of the reasons why people will vote for Mayor Duterte.

I took pity with Mar Roxas. He doesn’t deserve all the funny memes and below the belt remarks he’s getting in the social media. He may not be the best and he may not be the most loved but I think we should respect him and treat him well enough.

I always said if we want a change then we should start it in ourselves. We don’t wait for our leaders or someone to do it for us. We must change for the better and abide the laws of God and man. It is hard but if we wanted to attain what we want then we must work for it.

In the upcoming Presidential Election, I will vote for Grace Poe. I know some people who will be or might be reading this will think otherwise. Some may even shake their heads disapprovingly but I will stand firm in my decisions as you stand in your own. I will vote for Grace Poe because I believe in her. She may not be tough, she may have her own issues but I believe in her sincerity and I know that she can do it. She may still be naïve but I want a fresh face. A promises that looks good but is unattainable will never satisfy our hunger. We will just seek for more and this will surely result to chaos. We must learn how to accept what is real and what is not.

Shopping is a Good Medicine

Oh no! I find some really good sale today in one of my groups. I am waiting for Nivea’s sale and this is it. I see my group mates uploading photos of their hoarding and it really breaks my heart. I have been planning to buy myself a year’s supply of lotion, cream and soap but sad to say I don’t have money right now. Tomorrow is payday and I am really hoping and praying that I could still get a good number of finds.

I love buying items and goodies especially when it is sale. Let’s say it is half the price or it is buy one and get one for free. I save a lot of money especially now that it is hard to earn it. You must be very good in handling it wisely or you end up starving yourself.

Last week, I saw in our group that one of the members buy 20 kilos of rice for only half the price and it is free delivery nationwide. She used a discount voucher worth Five Hundred Pesos and it works. So I decided to buy too. I bought 4 packs of 5 kilos of Sinandomeng Rice and I save Five Hundred Pesos. I will be waiting for its delivery. It might take some time because of the large amount of orders they have been getting. They never expected this. I just hope that they will sort things out and will deliver what we ordered.

I also get a new discount voucher to be used in my online shopping. This time I am planning to buy a shoe rack and a blender. I checked several brands and I have not finalized which one to choose from. I am comparing prices from three different online shopping sites. I wanted to get the most out of it.

Shopping really makes my heart beats faster. It is a good medicine for me to forget my heartaches and worries in life.

My Friend is a Survivor

I have a story to tell. This is my friend story. I met my friend when we were in college. She’s 3 years younger than me. I am the type of person who is always wanted to keep a low profile that’s why I am not keen on meeting new friends. But she is very friendly and will always greet or approach me whenever our path crossed.

My friend stop schooling because she got pregnant at the age of 18. She gave birth to a baby girl. What is really disappointing is the guy whom she fell in love with. The guy is jobless, never finished grade school and an ordinary happy go lucky guy.

They don’t even have money to pay her hospital bills that time. I feel pity for her when I visited her in the hospital. She gave birth via caesarian operation and she started working after her days of her delivery. She worked so she can feed her baby and her partner.

They got three children before her partner decided to leave them for another girl. What makes it hurtful for my friend is that the time her partner decided to move to another lap is when the time he got himself a work. My friend provided him well enough to find himself a job. But the sad fate is that they left him when he started earning his own money.

She decided to seek the help of Department of Social Welfare and Development but her former partner didn’t even bulge. So my sister and I advised her to start a new life without him. She got herself a job of waitress and she met her foreigner husband there. Now she is happily married, will be graduating in college tomorrow and will be going to the United States on April 22.

Life is indeed amazing. Sometimes you need to experience failure and hardship in life to appreciate it much better. My friend deserved to be happy because she is a beautiful person inside and out.

I am Blessed in the Most Splendid Ways

Even if my hands are already full of problems that I don’t know how to solve or how to overcome. I still received small blessings in life that makes me cry and praise God.

I am alive and I have my family and friends that keep on supporting me and believing in me. I know that I can’t thank them every day but I really appreciated their time and effort to talk to me and cheer me up.

I have my work and at least I still have a source of income to pay my bills and to buy our basic necessities.

I am healthy, I mean I don’t have a diagnosed sickness or disease that needs to be treated and so my mother and son. Although my mother is sick right now I know she will get well soon. It was really my sister who I am worried about. She’s under medication for the next six months. But I am still blessed because she’s fighting and wanted to survive for her two children.

I am blessed because I have my other source of income like this online blogging. Although I have not experienced to redeem yet but my points have been increasingly well every day. So I am hopeful to redeem this April if God will permit.

I have winning in online prizes. It is not really big but those prizes always come into handy when I am broken. I have redeemed a Gift Certificate worth Five Hundred Pesos last Saturday from one of my online surveys. I hope to receive it by next month.

I have received some orders of soaps and supplements to my avid customers and even if I am earning a small fraction out of it I’m still happy because it helps me in my fare allowance or to buy some foods at home.

I have overloads of problems but I am still blessed in the most splendid ways. To God be the Glory!

My Loan Application was Not Approved

My loan application was not approved. I sent a text message to the lending company but they told me that it was not approved. I could try to apply again next cut off.

I don’t know if I will cry or not. I don’t have tears anymore to shed. I have been crying for several days now. I feel weak and I can’t concentrate anymore to my work. Sadly, I need to finish all my reports but what can I do? I was struck by problems that I don’t know any more if I could handle it.

I needed the money because I needed to pay for the advance deposit and payment to our new rented house. We need to move to next week because I cannot pay our present house rental so I looked for a much cheaper house who is nearer to my work so I could save some money for my transportation back and forth.

I also need to pay for some loans that I already compromised with. Bills are piling up so fast I just can’t keep it up. I am now alone in striving for my mother and son.

The reason that my loan was not approve even if I am a good payer is that my former co-worker that I co-maker last year has been negligent in her payment terms. Her outstanding balance should have been settled as early as October 2015 but until now it was unpaid. So I think it’s the main reason why my loan was not approved because of her. She promised us that once she her get Maternity benefits she will settle her obligation. She already received her Social Security System Maternity benefit but she did not pay. She told me that she will do everything to pay it before March 31 but she only settled a partial payment of P2,800.00 so the lending company decided to hold my loan application until the time she settled it full.
So now, I am learning another lesson in a hard way and will suffer the consequences of being to helpful and kind.

No More Strength to Move

I spend my rest day yesterday sorting things, packing, cleaning, washing the clothes and cooking meals. I wanted to lie down and rest but time flew fast. If I will stop moving, then work will file up. I am the only one who is doing all the works. My mother is sick and my son can only do some small task. So I just let him play outside and I will just call him whenever I needed something for him to do.

My sister asked me to ship some of their things in Cebu. She had already separated those things that I will be shipping to them but the things that will be send to her in-laws has not been sort, packed and box. I was surprised that when I got home on Saturday afternoon that her sister-in-law arrived earlier than I am expecting her. So I just immediately set to do on packing their things.

They have so many papers, clothes, shoes, accessories and furniture that I ended up catching my breath. It took us close to three hours to pack half of their things. They brought a service utility van only and they promised to get half of it on the following week. So I’m contented that I could do all the packing the following days to come but to my surprise yesterday that they come again. So I help them to pack again. This time it took us only an hour to do it.

When they left, I realized that I have not given them all. I decided to check for other remaining things before contacting my sister’s in-laws.
Last night, I was so dead tired that I cannot move any single part of my body. I told my son that I cannot prepare dinner anymore because I don’t have strength left in my body. My son told me to just lie and rest. He just get himself and his grandmother a bread and a cheese spread.

Just a Thought for Today

Yesterday is my pay day. It is also my last payment for my loan for six months. I have been paying it for Two Thousand Five Hundred every pay day. I have been thinking twice if I will apply for another loan application because I really needed money to pay some of my debts and to finance our moving in to a new house.

I will be needing a large amount of money to pay for the advance payment and deposit. To pay for other expenses like the rented truck or jeepney, the people who will help us to carry our things back and forth and to buy some of the things that we will be needing in our new home.

I also need to pay our last consumption of water and electricity. My salary yesterday was already exhausted gone. I paid our electric bills and house rentals this morning before going to work. I also need to buy rice, food for cats, and other groceries items. It is really hard to budget all our needs.

I am planning for my son to attend summer camp just like what he did last year. I promised him too that I will enroll him in McDonalds Kiddie Crew Workshop. It is only four days and the registration fee is Six Hundred Fifty Pesos including the kit and the food. I am just checking the schedule so it will not conflict on my own.

It is really hard to juggle my time in doing my work, accepting part-time jobs, be a mother and do all the household chores. There are times after a day’s work that I just wanted to sleep right away without eating anything because my body wanted to but I can’t of course because my I don’t want my mother and son to get hungry.

I just wished that God will give me a healthy and strong body to do impossible things in the most possible ways.

Prizes that I’ve got this week

I am happy to receive my prizes in the different contests that I have joined for the past few weeks. It is really heart softening to see these items that makes me proud of myself. Joining contest has already in my system already that my day will not be complete if I can’t join even a single contest whether online or offline.

Here are the prizes that I have recently received:

1. I won a limited edition watch in SM Cinema for joining their promo in, The Divergent Series, Allegiant. I gave it to my son and he loves it.

2. I won a box of 6 pieces of Swift Premium corned beef cans. It’s our favorite and I really love it taste.

3. I received my gift certificate worth Five Hundred Pesos from SM Megamall to be use in Gerry’s Grill Restaurant. I am happy that I could use it in their Subic branch so I could treat my son. I checked their menu online to see their prices so I could plan ahead of time on what food to order.

4. I have received my gift certificate worth One Thousand Pesos from Robinsons Supermalls which I won in their Instagram contest promoting their Hot Summer Sale 2016. I was one of the lucky 20 winners. I have already used it to buy groceries supplies.

5. I have already used my discount coupons that I have received from Everyday Me, a website of Procter and Gambler company that gives free samples, prizes and coupons to their consumers and followers. I bought four bags of Ariel Detergent Powder, one big pouch of Joy dish washing Liquid and Downy Fabric Conditioner. It is a big savings for me and I feel so happy that I have used it.

I am happy for these blessings that I received this week. Although, it may be small to some people but for me it is a big blessings already.

Labor Inspection

I was a bit late this morning because run some errands before going to work. So when I arrived in the office Ma’am Lizalyn, our Accounting Clerk, informed me that the Labor Department will be conducting an inspection on Monday, April 4, 2016.

She gave me the checklist of required documents for labor standards inspection that I need to prepare on Monday. There’s no way that I could finish all of it on that day because I have another workload that I need to finish. So I called the Labor Department to ask if the scheduled date can be moved on Wednesday. I am so happy that they agreed on my request.

So here are the documents that I need to prepare on Monday:

1. Roster or Master list of workers with address, date hired, designation, salary and their status of employment.
2. Payrolls and/or vouchers from the start of operation to present date/from the last inspection date to present.
3. Daily time records and/or time sheets from the start of operation to present date or from last inspection date to present.
4. Apprenticeship Agreements and Programs, if any.
5. Evidence of Service Discharge Distribution.
6. Maternity, Paternity and Sick Leave Benefits records.
7. Proof of payment for 13th month pay.
8. Result of Last Inspection.
9. Proof of Payment of Service Incentive Leave credits.
10. Benefits given to workers per company policy and/or practice.
11. Proof of Social Security System, Home Development Mutual Fund and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation Remittances (latest).
12. Others (Employment Contracts/Company Policy).

There are problems that I need to resolve first because our former bookkeeper didn’t give us the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation payments from August 2015 up to November 2015. I have already emailed them but I’ve got no response. I called them today for several times but the phone is busy. I am praying that I could finished what I need to finish before Wednesday came.