An unsolicited advice

This post was originally published on November 13, 2008 at 2:10 in the morning. I thought I’d share it again because this is exactly how I feel right at this very moment. I should have saved for the rainy days! I should have left a chunk of the money I got from blogging which was A LOT. I can only keep shaking my head and regret what I did.

I need to start putting in at least 10% of what I earn monthly.

I can really feel the effect of the global financial crisis. Money kept pouring in this time last year. This year, since October, money is hard to come by. Oh yes, I am still earning more than if I am employed by a corporation. But you can just feel how much this quarter is different, especially when I look at my bank statement.

I don’t know if everyone is feeling the financial crisis like I do. Some may be earning more now because they just discovered paid posting. But most bloggers I talked to have the same situation as I am.

The point of this post is to reiterate the value of saving for the rainy days. My savings were mostly spent on vacations with the whole family. I kept on telling myself that I could earn it again easily. But look at me now.

So let me offer an unsolicited advice to everyone… SAVE! Find ways to save even a peso/dollar daily and you will be amazed at how much that peso/dollar can help in times of crisis.

113th Philippine Independence Day

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Happy Independence Day my fellow Filipinos!

I asked some people if they still feel proud to be called a Filipino and they gave me mixes replies. Yes and no. The no is mostly due to the state of the economy and the government that we have.

How about you? Do you feel the same way?

No Smoking!

I am not sure if there’s a law already or ordinances passed in different cities but smoking in public places are already being discouraged. I heard that those who will be caught smoking in public places including outside buildings, aboard public vehicles, in hospitals, will be penalized starting with a 500-peso fine escalating to jail time if caught repeatedly.

I do think that this is a bold move by the government. For one, the president of the country himself is a confessed smoker. He smokes a pack a day, if I am not mistaken. Most government workers themselves, MMDA officers, traffic enforcers, are smokers as well. So how do you truly implement a strict rule like this? Can you control the call center agents who smoke outside buildings during their breaks? How about the cigarette vendors, what will happen to them now?

Don’t get me wrong. I like this law. I don’t smoke and I am very much aware of what happens to smokers and those who inhale secondhand smoke. In fact, I laud the government for taking this bold move. I am just wondering if the government can truly stand by its directive when the ones who implements and monitors the law are smokers themselves.

Active blogger

I realized how long since I’ve been truly active in the blogging world when I was sending PM’s back and forth with an old blogger friend. I don’t know much of what she’s telling me! I used to know everything that’s happening around the blogosphere. I used to be the one my blogger friends would go to for answers. But that is no longer the case.

I stopped being active when I started earning through blogging. I concentrated on it. I am still in touch with the handful of friends I chose from the so many I’ve made but I stopped keeping track of what’s going on in the blogosphere. I stopped joining blogging activities and events. I think I got tired from attending too many blogging events in the past so I just stopped. Don’t get me wrong. I tremendously enjoyed being active in blogging activities and events for close to three years. I enjoyed meeting other bloggers I only get to interact with when I am dropping in Entrecard or participating in a meme. I loved the feeling of being one with other bloggers. I chose between concentrating on earning and being active and the former won.

This morning I was thinking of being active once again. Of caring once more on what’s happening and what’s new. I kept thinking I would like to meet new bloggers once again and maybe make a new friend or two. It would be fun!

Hmm…

PNOY Administration

I don’t know if it’s just me or you also feel the same way… there’s NO CHANGE in Noynoy Aquino’s administration! His administration is like a mediocre version of his mom’s! I mean no disrespect to the former president but we all know the KAMAG-ANAK, INC during her time. In PNoy’s administration now, it’s KAIBIGAN, INC!

Every person who became his friend and that of his sister Kris is given a government post. Almost every individual who helped him win his presidential bid was made a government official. WTH is that?!? NO CHANGE at all! Utang na loob is still in effect! I understand this trait of ours Filipinos. We are grateful to persons who helped us along the way and we often carry with us a lifelong gratitude towards those persons. But to hear of almost every post filled with a friend with doubtful qualifications…

And then there’s his cabinet. It’s like he can’t even control his own cabinet! You hear of disagreements between the Mar Roxas and Vice President Jojo Binay groups. Is it even right for a losing VP contender like Mar Roxas to be given a very high position in PNoy’s cabinet when the latter already knows that the entry of the former will bring discord in his administration!

I am sure I am not the only one who voted for PNoy who is now rethinking the decision I made. Did I really choose the right person to lead the country in the next couple of years? Or did I just choose someone who will further bring down the country?!?

Tell me, have you seen any great change that PNoy brought to the country since the time he took his seat?

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