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Happy birthday, Trees!

My colleague once said that women can leave three lasting legacies: write a book, give birth, and plant a tree.

Today, the trees I planted turned 6 years old. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, I brought Doraemon with me ๐Ÿ™‚ *Some of the photos were taken by buhaykalsada.multiply.com (website no longer active)

When I was still working for IBM in 2008, I joined a company-wide tree planting activity. ย We all hiked to Ipo Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan, Philippines. It took us hours to get to the tree planting site and it just felt great to give back to Mother Nature. At the time, there is an alarming rate of deforestation in the area and several mountaineers also did their part in planting trees.

It is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. The trees are now 6 years old and I couldn’t imagine how tall they are. Anytime is the best time to plant a tree. In this ever-changing world, where only a small portion of the world are caring about trees, it doesn’t hurt to take the initiative to plant even just one tree. You can start leaving a legacy and making your mark in saving the Earth.

When will you start? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Happy birthday, Trees!

My colleague once said that women can leave three lasting legacies: write a book, give birth, and plant a tree.

Today, the trees I planted turned 6 years old. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, I brought Doraemon with me ๐Ÿ™‚ *Some of the photos were taken by buhaykalsada.multiply.com (website no longer active)

When I was still working for IBM in 2008, I joined a company-wide tree planting activity. ย We all hiked to Ipo Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan, Philippines. It took us hours to get to the tree planting site and it just felt great to give back to Mother Nature. At the time, there is an alarming rate of deforestation in the area and several mountaineers also did their part in planting trees.

It is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. The trees are now 6 years old and I couldn’t imagine how tall they are. Anytime is the best time to plant a tree. In this ever-changing world, where only a small portion of the world are caring about trees, it doesn’t hurt to take the initiative to plant even just one tree. You can start leaving a legacy and making your mark in saving the Earth.

When will you start? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

How to be a Colts Fan (For Dummies Like Me)

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photo credit: teespring.com

 

Coming from a “basketball” and “boxing” country, I had no idea what football is to Americans when I first came here in the US. Add to that, I’m not really a sports fanatic but I do love to watch basketball (not even NBA). I am just a local basketball fan/spectator in my home country so football was Greek and French combined to me.

It was a bit of a shock to me when I found out that my mom, who never knew sports existed when she was still in the Philippines, is now a baseball/football/NBA fan. She knows about all the teams and the players and really speaks the sports lingo after just a few years of being here. Okay, so I thought she naturally imbibed everything and I thought maybe that will happen to me too. Turns out, that isn’t true for everybody. After years of living here, I still don’t have any idea why baseball games take so very long to finish and why football is the unifying sport in most states.

They say, you just have to do a little bit of research, watch the news and watch the game all the time and soon, you’ll know how it’s played and you can choose the team you want to root for. I haven’t yet watched a live football game. I did try to watch it on TV but I can’t understand a single thing. Given that I’m from Indiana – it is naturalmente for me to watch and root for the Colts. And thank you God of football for blessing the Colts with the best color (speed blue and white) ever in football history.

So I came up with steps on how to be a Colts fan. I came up with this list because I think these are the things I need to do. I know some of you out there are like me but just don’t want to admit it. Read on!

Step 1

Move to Indiana. You can be a fan anywhere that’s true. But what’s the sense of living in the state of Timbuktu when you are rooting for a team in Angola. I may be wrong but long distance sports affair doesn’t work for everybody.

Step 2

Google them. Learn about their history. Why are they called the Colts? Per The Sports E-Cyclopedia, “A fan contest produced the Colts name reflecting the great tradition and proud history of horse breeding and racing in the Baltimore region. The original Colts disbanded after the 1950 season but the name was retained when a new Baltimore franchise began play in 1953. The Colts moved to Indianapolis in 1984.” That also explains the horseshoe logo.

Step 3

Know the game. Whether you read about football or ask a football fan about it, either way is cool. Research or ask about the point of the game, how they score, flow of the game, and team composition. It doesn’t hurt to play NFL games in Xbox or Playstation or you can sign up for NFL’s Fantasy Football. It’s better to be stupid in the fantasy world than in the real world and that is true in so many levels.

Step 4

Get to know the players. Self-explanatory.

Step 5

If you have done the steps above and you realize you don’t like the Colts then stop here. Just because you live in Indiana doesn’t mean you have to like them. We all don’t have to try hard to become a fan. If you don’t like football or the Colts then that is perfectly fine. We don’t have to force ourselves to become a fan in order to fit in. Remember, that a true blue fan will always be a fan win or lose.

Step 6

Watch their game on TV. Better yet, watch them live. Watch the game at a sports bar. Watch the game with your friends. Watch with other football fans. Just don’t watch alone. No man is a football island. Just watch the game with people who are patient enough to explain what will happen in a football game. Like, you know, why they cancel the game because of a hurricane. I’m trying to be funny.

Step 7

Buy their jersey. By all means, buy it so you can wear it on your second football game, when you already know what’s going on and you already know who is your favorite player. I remember meeting someone years ago and he was wearing Peyton Manning’s jersey only to find out he doesn’t even know who Peyton Manning is. I mean, come on, it’s like wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt in Disney World and you don’t even know who Mickey Mouse is! Such disrespect to Minnie.

Step 8

If doing the above steps, doesn’t make you a Colts fan and you found out that you like another team then by all means call U-Haul and move out of Indiana. I’m just kidding. Sometimes, I’m not.

Remember, every fan of any sport started in the zero-knowledge-of-the-sport level (I am on that level) so it’s perfectly okay to admit you don’t know anything about football.

When I’m done with the steps above, I wish I can watch them live from the best ever seat that Lucas Oil Stadium has to offer. Santa, I’m talking to you.

Coffee Slave

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Wish I can stay in bed all day but there’s just so many things I need to do! So here’s 1.4 liters of Starbucks Iced Coffee to start my day. ๐Ÿ™‚ This bottle is HUGE. This is like ready-to-go coffee. Just pour it and you’re set since it’s lightly sweetened. I usually make my own coffee and just decided to give this one a try to keep me up during mornings when I’m too sleepy to even open up my eyes.

Time to flap my busy bee wings!

 

“I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.” -Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (Little Women, #1)

Let’s Fly!

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Riding a plane isn’t too bad. But for some, it is one of the main reasons why they can’t travel.

I was already an adult when I rode a plane for the first time. It was a domestic flight from Manila to Cebu and I wasn’t so scared. I was even excited because finally, my questions will finally have answers! Like..

Will I be dizzy?
Will I be able to walk inside the plane? I know flight attendants can but I have no idea how can they walk if you’re inside the plane? Like, are they floating or something?
Will I see birds?
Can I see a glimpse of outer space?
Does it fly steadily?
What if it collides with a bird or another plane?

These questions are the silliest ever but those are just a few that kept running through my head and I know at some point, some of you have these questions in mind the very first time you got on a plane.

But since then, I’ve been addicted to flying.

Nothing compares to the view. Especially when you are rising thousands of feet above and the airport becomes a size of pea, then people will start to look like ants, then you will see all the road and intersections ala Google Maps, then you will just see a piece of land connected to other lands, then it will be surrounded by every ocean and sea that you only see in books, then you’re up in the clouds!

You will then realize two opposing things: how big and small the world is. So small, that you cannot even find where you came from. So big, that as you go higher, you will come to a realization that everyone in this world are doing so many different things all at the same time. That is one part of traveling that I really love – getting to see the whole world from a cumulus cloud’s perspective.

If you haven’t flown yet, then you have no idea how beautiful our world is. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

*photo above taken en route to Orlando, FL ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

“When you get into an airplane by yourself and take off, you find yourself in this lovely, three-dimensional world where you can go in any direction. There is no feeling any more exciting than that”. – Gene Roddenberry

Ber Months!

In the Philippines, September 1 signifies the start of “ber” months or months ending in “ber”. If ever you are in the Philippines or if you know someone who is Filipino, do not be surprised if you will now start to see Christmas greetings on Facebook as early as September 1st. Some Filipinos put up their Christmas trees and decors. Radio stations will start playing Christmas songs. People will start doing countdowns til Christmas. People will start to buy Christmas gifts. Streets are lit up with lanterns. Kids will start to behave so they can receive a gift from Santa.. And gifts too from their “ninangs” and “ninongs” (godfathers and godmothers).

I really miss spending Christmas back home.

I still feel a little homesick sometimes. :/

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned”. – Maya Angelou

FINtastic!

Back to Naptown.

Atlanta is a beautiful city. I wish I could stay longer as I didn’t have enough time to explore.

Right now, I have so many things I want to blog about and I just don’t know where to start! The highlight of my day though is the photo I took when we went to Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta. I posted it on my Instagram account and Georgia Aquarium’s official Instagram account liked it, reposted my photo on their profile, and they told me, I am their #FINtasticFan of the week! Yay! That made me smile but I could be happier with a freebie or they could let me adopt a dolphin or something.

Here it is and that’s my brother looking up!

 

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This is just one of their viewing areas. The aquarium itself is huge and even if there are so many people, you will never run out of places that will allow you to view and even touch our underwater friends. I just wasn’t able to explore the entire place because we were pressed for time but I can say that Georgia Aquarium is one place you shouldn’t miss for anyone who will visit Atlanta.

Sometimes I wish I am one of those famous bloggers who get paid for traveling and eating at different places. That would be great doing something I love and getting paid for it. Truth is, nothing can stop me from traveling and exploring whether I get paid or not. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tickle Me Pink

I’m currently in Atlanta and have been busy the last few days just sleeping, exploring the city, eating and just feeling lucky that I was able to get out of Indy for a week.

So my last post was about Lyft/Uber. I tried Lyft on my way to the airport and since it’s my first time to ride a car that does not look like a taxi but is somewhat a taxi, I wanted to make sure I can identify the car right away that’s why Lyft was my first option mainly because of the pink mustache. I clicked the app, loaded my from and to destination and then it showed the picture of the driver and the car he is driving. I wanted to try another driver because he does not look friendly at all in his picture (I am guilty of judging a person’s look based on if they will harm me or not – I still have this trauma due to a previous horrible experience I had when I was mugged but that is a different story). But there was no other driver available at 3 in the morning so I trusted all my angels that I will be safe with this guy. I am paranoia personified. He showed up and was really nice and very talkative and jolly but the pink mustache is missing. So I asked him why he doesn’t have it infront of his car and he just said “That’s so gay!”. So just a warning, not all Lyft cars have the pink mustache infront.

It was a nice ride and Lyft gave me 10 free rides for a period of time with a maximum of $25 for each ride. In Indiana, Lyft only accepts donations so after the ride, the app will show the total amount. That ride is for $41.00. If I took a cab on my way to the airport, I would have ended up paying $80.00 and above. I only paid $16.00 for that ride plus the tip. Take note, you can get off the car and pay later. You have 24 hours to pay using your card. Otherwise, they will just deduct it from the card you have on file. You can also give a max of 5 stars for your driver and leave a feedback for him/her.

I am giving Lyft 4 oinks. I really wanted to identify the car right away especially since it’s in the wee hours of the morning. Plus, I also wanted to take a picture of the car with its mustache on.

Dear Lyft, I really love the pink mustache but I hope male drivers can choose a not-so-gay color.

Is neon green gay? Does anyone have a gay color chart?

Check

If you are someone who wants to be on top when it comes to paying your bills on time, then I highly recommend downloading this app called Check.

I came across this app while browsing through Facebook and since it’s free, I downloaded it. Basically what it does is it keeps track of ย bills, reminds you that you need to pay this and that, it shows you the total amount of debt you owe to credit cards, total amount of bills you have to pay and how much is left on your bank account. This app will literally wake you up from your shopping spree dreams and will smack you in the face with this reality called financial status.

Once you download it, you just need to register with your email address which is the normal drill. Then you can go ahead and punch in your logins for your utility accounts (electric, gas, cable, mobile, etc), your credit card logins (pretty much safe just like Mint), any investments you have and your bank details. Pretty scary at first but there’s no harm in reading through everything first before you enter your personal information.

The main reason why I downloaded it is just to keep track of my bills. I am never late for payments so I always put notes in my calendar regarding payment deadlines. I also made an excel file where I keep track of my expenses and how much I am saving. But admittedly, sometimes I just get so busy with other stuff that I couldn’t monitor my own financial issues. It was just in time that I found out about Check so I can just have a one-stop shop or let’s just say my own financial secretary. It also gives you suggestions how you can pay off your credit card debts, will recommend cards with 0% APR (but take note they are only zero for a number of months so we should always verify the “actual” APR), and will give you suggestions how to improve your credit score.

So far it’s been helping me a lot not to splurge on stuff I don’t need.

I’m giving it 4.5 oinks.

I would’ve given 5 if I’m getting paid for this. :p

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Financial peace isnโ€™t the acquisition of stuff. Itโ€™s learning to live on less than you make, so you can give money back and have money to invest. You canโ€™t win until you do this. โ€“Dave Ramsey

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Taxis & Potatoes

How about posting something on a lighter note? I guess I can do that just to get off my mind from any negativity and depressing things.

I am about to try Lyft or probably Uber next week. I’ve been driving around but sometimes there are times when you need someone to drive for you for a cheaper rate (to the airport, medical appointments, if you want to arrive at a party incognito or if you just don’t feel like driving at all). I have downloaded both apps and so far, Lyft’s selling point is that their drivers are more personal whereas Uber drivers are more on the professional/formal style. I don’t know but that’s just how they advertise it and also based on reviews, some people become really good friends with Lyft drivers. Maybe it’s the pink mustache?

I will see which of them is available around 3AM sometime next week and I will try the first one at close proximity to my house.

In the meantime, here is a picture of the chicken fries I bought the other day. It’s delish. I wish I bought more.

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Because taxis and potatoes are so last year.