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Thursday, May 18, 2017


I've been reading a lot of books lately. I'm even updated with the latest K-drama news. However, I've been contemplating if I have the complete knowledge so far. What about financial literacy? Am I still afraid to think about it? Or am I just too lazy to spare something for the future? Well, it will get in the way of buying the latest clothes and accessories offered to fashion lovers. It will also affect my travel plans.

Two months from now, I need to maintain my investment tied up with a certain company. Even so, I'm still thinking of withdrawing it before the term is over. Luckily, I had a chance to think things so many times. I can't be wrong when it comes to financial security.

Luckily, I had a chance to attend the launching of a series of vlogs (video blogs) by actor Matteo Guidicelli, in cooperation with Sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc. (SLAMCI). It aims to teach Filipinos about how investing can help make their #lifegoals come true.

I've been working with Sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc. (SLAMCI) for almost two years since I really believed in their efforts to spread awareness about financial literacy. We all know that it will surely lead to financial independence.

Going back to the event, the vlogs are Dubbed "Make It Mutual," and it will tackle topics relevant to personal finance, such as growing one's money, beating inflation and investing regularly.The best thing about this is that the modules shall be demonstrated in themes familiar to them, like travel, fashion, and fitness, among others. See? It will help me manage my finances so I can travel, shop and invest at the same time.


It will be easy for all of us to access the vlogs since all videos will be shared through social media. In fact, the first video is already accessible through Sun Life PH Facebook.

Matteo has also shared some thoughts about the new campaign lately. "I am thankful for the opportunity to lead another financial literacy campaign for SLAMCI. It's definitely relevant and timely," Matteo said. "I myself have life goals I'd like to pursue, and I'm happy to share that ever since I "made it mutual" with SLAMCI, I've been well on my way to achieving all those goals. It would be great if more Filipinos can experience the same."

The campaign is also the latest in SLAMCI's efforts to boost financial literacy among Filipinos. It's really for all of us to learn and apply in our lives. After all, saving money is part of our everyday living. Basically, the campaign"Make It Mutual" aims to encourage Filipinos to invest in mutual funds so they can achieve their life goals. The company was also behind the "Slam The Scam" campaign which likewise starred Matteo, who shared tips on what to consider when choosing an investing company in order to avoid dubious organizations. That was the project of Sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc. that was launch last year.

I'm so amazed with the message shared by the President of the company. According to SLAMCI President Valerie Pama, the company is committed to helping more Filipinos discover the benefits of investing so they may reap its rewards. The commitment is even more relevant these days since many people are already seeking for knowledge about financial management, specifically about mutual funds. "We all have goals that we'd like to accomplish, such as buying a house or a car, traveling to a dream destination, or planning a wedding. These are goals that require a significant amount of money, and sometimes, Filipinos become discouraged knowing how much they need to raise to be able to fun their dreams," she said. "We'd like to show them that by saving and investing in mutual funds, all their dreams can become a reality. They simply have to "Make It Mutual."


Lastly, the "Make It Mutual" campaign is just the first of Sun Life's series of financial literacy initiatives this year. We will be given a lot of opportunities to learn from the company. According to Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa, more will be launched in this coming days as Sun Life rolls out its Financial Independence Month campaign in June. "We remain committed to this cause. Sun Life is always eager to promote it in ways that are creative, relatable, easily understandable," she said. "We will never tire of advocating financial literacy to Filipinos."

Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. - Carolyn Gold Heilbrun

I love to read ever since I was child. When I was in grade-school I attempted to write a story but ended up only with snippets of scenes. Then life happens. I became busy being a teen, a college student, an employee and now a mother. But my love for reading did not change. It was only when I read a book; Interim Goddless of Love by Mina V. Esguerra awaken my secret dream to write again. So I read more books written by Filipino authors and join the #romanceclass community. It's my happy indulgence. When an opportunity came to write our own story and submit it, I took a chance. Nobody said it was easy especially for an aspiring writer like me. It took a lot of effort, years of practice and commitment before I could finally sent out to the world the story of my heart.

I am sharing this hoping to inspire some people who has a secret dream of writing too :)


My post will focus on Romance fiction

1. Fiction Writing in the Philippines
(Encouragement for aspiring writers)

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer article dated March 7, 2016

"Today, more romances in English are being published and made available to Filipino readers than ever before."

That being said, anyone who loves to read books and believes in the magic of romance: the happily ever after; have the opportunity to write his or her own love story.

Here's some of the tips I learned when you want to write your story.

A. Read a lot of books in different genre. Young Adult, New Adult, historical romance, contemporary romance, etc.

B. Read about different main characters and love interest. Here in the Philippines, most stories revolve around an ordinary girl meeting a guy who is ultimately rich and handsome and ends up with a happy ever after. You could explore more. Your main character can be an empowered woman who is working in a corporate world who meets an equally smart business tycoon. Or a chef falls in love with a rival chef.

C. Learn from the experienced authors. And aside from writing your story, you need to look at the technical side like finding a good plot, vocabulary, grammar, and how to use the punctuation marks appropriately.


D. Learn from the critics and readers. There are three different type of readers (source Mina V. Esguerra)

1. The encouraging reader
2. The encouraging critic
3. The critic - honest/brutal/harsh

E. Write anything that comes from your heart and what you truly enjoy. Writing should make you and the readers happy. It shouldn't give you too much stress. When you enjoy what you do, the words and ideas will flow naturally.

2. Popular fiction writers in the Philippines

Here's a link of the Famous Writers from the Philippines :
http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-writers-from-philippines/reference

For romance, this is my personal list of popular fiction writers:

1. Mina V. Esguerra
2. Six Delos Reyes
3. Tara Frejas
4. Ines Bautista-Yao
5. Anne Plaza
6. Agay Llanera
7. Jay E. Tria

There are a lot more of awesome authors that you can discover by joining the #romanceclass community group in Facebook.


3. Resources to improve writing novels

1. Attend writing workshops. There are people who offer writing workshops for free or you can enroll in a workshop to improve your knowledge in writing skills.

Here's the latest workshop that you may want to attend to from Mina V. Esguerra

#romanceclass intro: May 20, 2017

2. There are a lot books that will help you improve your writing skills. You just need to find a book that works for you. Mine is #romanceclass textbook by Mina V. Esguerra.

Here is the link where I bought the book by Mina V. Esguerra.

Friday, April 21, 2017

There are days when I just want to wander around and spend time with my mother. Let alone the days I spend time reading my favorite days, I still used to have free time for myself. That's important to have time to reflect and redirect my life.



One day, my mother and I decided to visit Dapitan City so we can tour around for the whole day. It was a trip that we didn't plan - just an inspiration from the beautiful places I see at Instagram. We chose Dapitan City because it is so accessible and we haven't tried eating in a more carefree way.

Luckily, we still see the restaurant that we have visited a year ago, the popular Kan-anan at Sunset, Boulevard in Dipolog City. I love grilled food so it's really the place for me. The dining place is so affordable. For less than P400.00, my mom and I got a chance to have a sumptuous brunch. All I have tried these is their grilled fish and I'll come back for more.

I've been there so many times and my close friend was so amazed that I know some people there. Maybe, it's because the dining area is so affordable and accessible for me. Also, it's located near Gloria de Dapitan.
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Karen Lopez (Krincess Carl) is a passionate fashion blogger since 2009. Aside from fashion and travel, Karen loves gardening and taking care of her dog, Enzo.

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