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Monday, September 26, 2016

The way I spend my free time is very practical - it is to make sure that I make the most of it without spending too much. It shouldn't be beyond my budget, but is more amazing than my usual activities. After all, we have only once chance here. When everything is done, we can no longer enjoy being a part of this wonderful world. So we take charge of the little things that really matter in our lives.

When it comes to food, I prefer dining places that offer affordable packages that include the house specialty or something like that. No wonder I'm craving to dine at Max Restaurant before I start writing the next chapter of my first book.

For less than four hundred pesos (less than Php400.00), I had a chance to eat well-cooked chicken and my favorite lumpia. I used to order this kind of meal in other restaurants but I'm really curious about Max Restaurant's take on this one. Since my husband love to try their chicken meal, we headed to the dining area. Well, I'm really impressed with the taste of the chicken meal. The lumpia has a distinct flavor since the taste is like the usual Filipino dishes with the same way of preparation. I like that it makes me feel at home.

We love dining at Max Restaurant in Market! Market! and we will surely come back next week. It's located at the ground floor outside the mall near Mercury Drug store so it's very convenient for us. For a delectable and affordable meal like this, it's not hard to accomplish tasks in an enthusiastic way.

Do you like dining at Max Restaurant? I'm excited to know. Stay connected to join my adventure in this life.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

I've been waiting for the best opportunity to try mutual fund investment that requires a lower starting capital. I haven't done it before so I want a product that's easy to manage and very affordable. Isn't it a good start to invest in mutual fund?

Luckily, we have the latest product to make our daydreaming on mutual fund investment come true - the Sun Life Prosperity Card.

As I've mentioned in my other post, Matteo Guidicelli, one of today’s most in-demand celebrities, is the perfect endorser of Sun Life Prosperity Card. When I attended the launching of the product, he earnestly mentioned that achieving success doesn't happen overnight. It includes years of undying commitment and perseverance. It's the same with mutual find investment, it's better to make it grow for years.

The Sun Life Prosperity Card is an investment card worth P5,000 which may be invested in any of the peso-denominated mutual funds managed by SLAMCI under its Sun Life Prosperity Funds. The first of its kind in the market, it has revolutionized mutual funds investing in the country.

It's simple. You just have to make your money work for you. In the long run, you'll earn cash even if you're sleeping. It's another passive income under your name.

To illustrate this point, Pama shared that a 91-day time deposit in a bank 10 years ago would have given 28% return; but for the same period, the Sun Life Prosperity Bond Fund grew by 66%, while the money invested in the Sun Life Prosperity Balanced Fund would have earned 155%. Meanwhile, an investment in the Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Equity Fund gained 221%.

Let's face it: we want to secure our future. It's better to start doing it while you're still starting to build a career. “This is exactly why we want Filipinos, especially the youth, to start investing some of their money in mutual funds,” Pama said. “Instead of using up all of one’s money on trendy items that will soon be replaced by a new fad, why not invest it for the long term and watch it grow?” This is really interesting for all of us. If you've seen the television commercial, the two Matteos certainly highlighted that message in fun yet clear manner.

Catch SLAMCI’s latest TVC featuring Matteo Guidicelli on cable TV. To learn more about the Sun Life Prosperity Card and how you can start investing for a brighter future, visit Sun Life Prosperity.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

We love to talk about your passion in life - that one thing that you really love doing these days. Many people believe that having a lot of personal interests provides a wholesome way to enjoy earning a living. It's a modern way of upgrading your career goals.

From the time I started working on this blog, up to this day, I still believe that there are useful tricks to find one's passion in life without losing focus on the status quo. Meaning, there's no need to neglect your present responsibilities while finding your passion in life.

Photo opportunity after attending Sunday activities
Here are 4 valuable tricks to help you find your passion in life.

1. Set one day of your life to analyze your personal interests

You'll need a lot of time thinking about your personal interests. It's your basis in finding your passion in life. It's safe to say that having quality time to evaluate your personal interests will lead you to the right way.

Start finding your passion in life from what's within you to where you want to be. It's easier that way than aimlessly seeking for something you haven't thought of loving in the first place.

Tip: There will come a time in your life that you want to look back and evaluate everything in your life's journey. Take one day to have an inventory of what you have now. Keep a list of all the things that you love to do aside from those related in your career. Take a cue from your favorite films, music and television shows. If you have already prepared a shortlist, choose at least three from the list and create a plan on how to widen your knowledge in those things.

Outfit | Off White Dress: Thrifted | Footwear: Rusty Lopez wedges

For example, if you have chosen photography as one of your three choices, try to set time to attend photography classes. It will enhance your skills in taking pictures and you'll enjoy doing it in the long run.

2. Try traveling alone once a year

Solo travel is very popular nowadays. It's one of the best ways to start anew - to embark on something that will change your life. It will help you soul-search and think about your dreams in life. You'll be inspired with all the things you'll learn when you travel alone.

Solo travel is one way to conquer the unknown by looking beyond the journey. It will never make you astray even if you don't know what to do, but will help you find a way by personally learning what you should do.

Tip: Try to set aside cash for a solo travel. Plan ahead. Six months before your scheduled solo backpacking activity, start saving money. Then, prepare a solid plan. I'm sure you'll enjoy this process even before you start stepping on the plane to a place that you have never visited before. Isn't it exciting?

3. Allow yourself to deal with different kinds of people

There are many ways to learn about something and to find your passion in life. All you have to do is deal with different kinds people and take note of the things that make you excited or those things that make you become creative. If you immerse yourselves with others outside your usual social circle, you'll discover amazing things. You'll get to know more about yourselves. If you are not active in your church, try to be more sociable and learn from other people. You'll also get ideas at school every time you interact with your classmates and friends.

Each individual is unique in our eyes. If we learn something new from each one of us, we begin to collect particles of knowledge that we cannot possibly accomplish in any other way.

Tip: Create a plan that will allow you to work with other people outside your office. If you love to travel, sign up in events that promote outreach programs. It will give you a chance to broaden your knowledge in dealing with a lot of people. You'll be able to build your self-confidence and discover your strength and weaknesses in life.

4. Perform tasks that you haven't done before

This sounds so simple, right? Just have a list of the things that you haven't done before. In most cases, we love to do something if we are good in doing it. How about those things we dream to accomplish, yet remained a dream because we failed to go for it? Let's figure it out and take action now.

The practice of doing things you haven't done before will boost your self-confidence because it will make you feel that you can do anything.

Tip: For instance, enroll in a baking class if you don't know how to bake and you haven't done it before. Or maybe, you can attend a dance class if you're not a good dancer. The goal is to conquer your fears. Try to deal with anything that prevents you from soaring high and achieve success in life.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Life is all about experiences - good and bad ones. There are two opposing things in our lives and we can't just get rid of them. We experience joy, sadness, pain, pleasure, weakness, strength and more. They're all part of our existence. So what should we do to survive if things turn out bad at all? It's simple. We take the first step to accept that opposition is part of living in this world.

We face enormous challenges in this life. One of us now may be nursing a broken heart, others even are doing it silently because they have no one to share the story. Some people are having problems with their families and others are gloomy because someone left them in this world.

If we experience these challenges in life, we exert more efforts to eliminate all of it. We fight hard and strong. With mental and physical pressure hanging around us, we slowly lose control. Such mental and emotional strain affects our way of thinking. It attracts negative things. Stress or tension resulting from difficult circumstances may hinder us from achieving a happy and fulfilling life. How can we make sure that we are managing it well?

Here are the 4 new ways to reduce stress in your life.  

1. Take care of your health. Take time to rest and relax every now and then. Eat right and sleep well.

The usual occurrence of being stressed is feeling exhausted through overwork at home or in the office. Set your priorities before taking work assignments. If you work in a BPO setting like me wherein different kinds of people exist from different backgrounds, don't overwhelm yourselves with things that aren't practical at the moment. 

Avoid unnecessary drama. It will just drag you down. Be humble. Keep track of your productivity and understand your environment before doing anything. It will keep you safe from people who chose to be envious rather than enriching themselves.

Take note of the initial physical manifestation that you're already burnt out of the daily grind in life.
Tips: Take a deep breath. Marvel at the beauty of nature. Find a way to travel alone to relax and unwind. Explore the world to discover new ideas and experiences. Stop working. Have a break. Create a list of the things that you have never done before. Choose one thing that will change your perspective in life. There are endless ways to refresh your feelings, dreams, ideas and aspirations. Don't forget to maintain a low-sugar, high-protein diet.

2. Plan ahead to take one day of your life and be alone to experience serenity.

Outfit | Blue Long Sleeve Blouse: The SM Store | Jeans: Thrifted | Wedges: Market! Market!

Stressful experiences come from different life scenarios and it's our duty to identify each one. Once we identified the causes of our emotional burden, we can take precautions ahead of time. We will be able to sit down and plan how to eliminate those things that might ruin our personal growth.
You will feel relaxed when you stay away from the things that cause you trouble. It doesn't mean that you avoid problems, just think about the fact that they're just temporary and it can be solved in different ways.
Tips: Develop a habit of being alone once in a while, where you will not think about anything related to work and responsibilities. Eradicate interruptions. Create an area in your house that you can read inspiring books, meditate and watch comedy films. Sometimes it is necessary to seek happiness by engaging activities that are made out of it such as hilarious television shows and movies.

3. Keep a daily schedule for energy and focus. Make sure that you still have quality time with your loved ones despite your busy schedule.

If you push yourself to do a lot of things all day round, you'll inviting stressful moments in your life. Create a positive impact in your career by keeping a journal. Keep a daily schedule out of your short-term and long-term goals. Eliminate unnecessary activities. Simplify your life by avoiding things that are not necessary to your goals. It will drain your energy and you will never achieve anything related to your vision for a successful life.
Keeping a daily schedule is a way to remind yourself of the essential things to do to reach your short-term and long-term goals. It will help you avoid procrastination and be overwhelmed of unnecessary deadlines. Beat the odds by preparing a plan ahead of time.
Tips: Buy a notebook for your to take notes of your dreams and aspirations. You can create your personalized journal, too. Then, list down your goals in life. Write a daily schedule out of it before the week starts to make you busy again. In that way, you already know what to focus on and when to accomplish each task without wasting time worrying of unrelated duties.

4. Reward yourself. Don't neglect your duty to love yourself above all else. No one will do it completely for you. 

There are hundred of ways to make your life exciting once again. Don't delve on activities that will spoil your personal and moral development. Join fun activities that have something to do with your hobby or interests. Connect with other people that share your passion in life. You can join a photography class, enroll in baking courses and even study interior design to develop new skills.
Reward yourself by setting aside money for travel and shopping purposes. It's for your time to have a shopping spree. Since it's something that you saved from your income, you'll experience great things because you are going to shop and travel smart. After all, you'll only spend money after careful planning and not before you earned it.
Tips: Open a savings account for your shopping and travel needs. This is the perfect way to avoid debt and still enjoy lavish lifestyle once in a while. I'm doing this now and it really changed my life. It helps me avoid impulse buying. By saving for amazing activities outside work, I can plan ahead to visit the most popular places around me and even those that requires me to have a vacation leave from work. I can shop fashion items that I can only dream before.

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Karen Lopez (Krincess Carl) is a passionate fashion blogger from the Philippines. She founded this blog last November 8, 2013. Karen started blogging way back in 2009 while working for an off-shore company. She likes visiting new places, mingling with other people and learning new things. As a blogger, she loves to write about amazing travel experiences, food preparation and styling. Aside from fashion and travel, Karen loves gardening and taking care of her dog, Enzo.

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