gt: best new person in 2011

The best new person in 2011 for me will be none other that the PMC founder herself, Mommy Rubz. Not only that I consider our friendship a blessing but I am most touched by her kindness + her generosity.

Although I have been a member of PMC since late last year, I only got the chance to meet Mommy Ruby in person this year {during our first + 2nd grand EB‘s} + I must say she radiates the same warmth she does online. I have also been a receiver of her generous + giving heart on many a number of occasions. In fact, even this blog + its hosting are precious gifts from her, not to mention several dozens of postcards I receive from her regularly {we are both members of this postcard collecting group!}

Mommy Ruby + her family lives in the typhoon-devastated area of Carmen in Cagayan de Oro. I am most relieved to find out that apart from power + water service interruption, her family survived the wrath of Typhoon Sendong, unscathed. + I am more touched that she spends her time helping her fellow Kagayanons to continue living their lives after the tragedy. Her generosity outshines more than ever.

Bless your heart, Mommy Ruby, I know that the Almighty will continue to bless + nurture you + your family in the coming new year. Your kindness will send good karma on your way + the things you gave will be given back to you a thousand fold.

My GT share for this week ^_^

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gt: where’d my money go?

2011 will soon be history + along with it the chance to save up a little to fill up the piggy bank and/or my son’s kiddie account. I must admit, I am an impulsive spender + tend to get overexcited whenever I see a great deal in one of those online groupon sites I subscribed to. So, in retrospect, I want to put my spending into perspective + check out where all the money went this year + hopefully make a solid action plan that I can follow next year so that I might be able to finally save ┬áup.

A big chunk of the money goes to the little man’s needs: milk, diapers, clothing + shoes {it’s just impossible how he grows way too fast!}, + his shots {a very good investment, if you’d ask me!}. Another part of it goes to the utilities {water, broadband + electric bills} and, as of Sept 22, to the house rent. We’ve also spent a considerable amount of money buying a few home essentials like my new sofa, the new fridge + the dining table set. Not a bad loot really!

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missing girls talk

It has been some time since I last participated in one of my favorite memes, so to begin the month of December on the right foot, am joining this week’s GT. + the topic for the week is all about something new or something you have never done before that you were able to accomplish this year.

Well, my long bucket list has grown considerably, especially now that I am a mum + a busy one at that, but I am glad I was able to accomplish a few firsts, most with my little man. Here are a few of them:

  • went swimming with Jared for the first time last summer
  • went on a very long trip with my tot in tow when we visited Zoobic Safari on Jared’s birthday
  • I started a new hobby, which is postcrossing + I am loving every bit of it. I have met with my fellow enthusiast last month + it was our very first meet up, too ­čÖé
  • I was never a good cook, thanks to my Mama relegating me to the cutting + chopping duties when I was a little girl {she would even complain about it, too, as I was really slow at it!}, but I was able to cook one of my favorite dishes, Paksiw na bangus, + it tasted much like my mum’s + I was over the moon about it! ­čśÇ
  • we moved in on our very first house ever, + albeit rented, I can never deny the freedom + the satisfaction of fending for yourself in your own little space in the universe. Hopefully, the next time we move it will be in our very own dream house!
Got any firsts in 2011 that you’d love to share with us, join Girls Talk + you might just even get a surprise for completing each entry for the entire month ­čÖé
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