• Wedding and Beyond

    Pamamanhikan 101: All About This Filipino Tradition

    After the eventful engagement day, Remmiel and I sat down side by side, both lost on our thoughts. That moment of inexplicable joy drained us physically and mentally. And perhaps subconsciously, our minds were already processing how the events of the morning would change the course of the coming months in a big way. Not a few hours later that day, my mom asked “O, kelan sila mamamanhikan?” And so, it began. What is Pamamanhikan? Pamamanhikan is a Filipino custom where a man, together with his family, pays a visit to the home of his intended bride. In this occasion, his family will ask the formal blessing of the woman’s…

  • CPA Stories

    5 Steps in Handling Office Mistakes Gracefully

    This was my boss’s message after sending back a couple corrections on some transactions where I have put in a wrong amount. Nothing major but definitely a rework for the two of us. September has been tough for me. I was thinking about a lot of things all at the same time. As a result, my work performance has been “unintentionally affected”. My Current Work I work as the finance manager of a BPO company here in the Philippines. My main responsibilities include preparing tax returns and processing all sorts of payments. I do these for both our Taytay and Naga sites. On top of these are all other things…

  • Wedding and Beyond

    Five Lessons from Our Wedding Engagement

    October 22, 2017 “Lord, bakit ganito? Mamamatay na ba ako?” (Lord, why is this happening? Am I going to die soon?). It was our church’s Youth Sunday and as part of the celebration, they decided to recognize past youth leaders. The youth president called me first, so I walked in front and and I stand there waiting for the others. They did not call anyone else and instead gave me a seat. I started to ask why am I the only one called but they just laughed and pushed me on the seat. The congregation’s eyes were all on me that time so I complied. Then, people started to come…

  • Life Lessons

    Turning 30 Manifesto

    Turning 30 is a huge deal for me. A lot of milestones will take place the year I turn 30 – getting married, moving out of my parent’s house and preparing to raise my husband  a family. I will not be turning 30 until quarter two of 2019. And all the above-mentioned events will take place months before my actual 30th birthday. So that makes me almost 30 as of writing this manifesto. Almost 30, not sure if ready. Now, that could be a good tagline of this blog, right? It is not really turning 30 that scares me or most of the people who will turn 30. What’s unsettling…